This is not an original recipe. The Mint Julep has been around for ages. It originated in the south and is specifically known as the drink of choice during the Kentucky Derby. I always thought that the drink was a light and easy to drink cocktail. The ice melts into the bourbon (I love Four Roses Bourbon) and mint simple syrup so it’s not as strong as you may think but it’s still a sippin’ drink. It’s a classic drink that you should definitely know how to make, especially during derby time.
I also make a great Strawberry Rhubarb Mint Julep if you want to try something different.
Recipe for the classic Mint Julep.
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Drink
- Cuisine: American
- 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 ounce Mint Simple Syrup
- 2 ounces Bourbon
- 1 cup Crushed Ice
- In a highball glass or silver Julep cup, add mint, minted simple syrup, and bourbon.
- Muddle to crush the mint and then 1 cup crushed ice or enough ice to almost fill the glass.
- Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #FOODFASHIONANDFUN. I’d love to see what you make!