Kentucky Derby Mint Juleps

How to Make the Perfect Mint Julep

There’s no better way to enjoy the Kentucky derby this weekend than with an frosty mint julep in hand!  It’s a tradition that harkens back to a simpler time filled with pastel-colored pinstriped suits and fancy hats, and it’s high time that everyone enjoyed it once more! Get in the Kentucky derby spirit and follow these  tried and true tips to creating the best, most deliciously indulgent mint julep out there.

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Perfect Mint Juleps

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of good quality bourbon
  • 2 bunches of fresh mint
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • crushed ice
  • a chilled glass or julep cup

Directions

  • Add your mint to the glass and swab the insides with it lightly.
  • Pour your sugar and water into the glass and gently muddle it.
  • Fill half the glass with crushed ice.
  • Pour in your high quality Kentucky bourbon and stir briskly until the glass frosts.
  • Add a little more ice and stir again before serving.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve!
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Tips and Tricks

  • If you enjoy a sweeter mint julep, try rolling a few of your mint sprigs in powdered sugar before garnishing the drink for extra tastiness!
  • Since a julep is supposed to be refreshing and cold, it’s important to use good, strong bourbon as the ice and water will dilute it.
  • Don’t crush the mint too much! What you want is lightly bruised mint, as smashed mint actually releases grassy flavors that can ruin a mint julep.
  • Drain your crushed ice before you add it to the drink to avoid overly diluting it.

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