The Mint Julep – it isn’t just for the Kentucky Derby anymore.
If you are like me and have mint taking over your garden (even though you tried pulling it all out this winter) then this is a great drink for you. A little less sweet than another favorite minty drink, the Mojito, this is a great cocktail to sip on a hot summer day!
If you don’t have a muddler you can use a wooden spoon to crush your mint to get the oils to release.
Simple syrup is so easy to make and it keeps well in the fridge, too. To make a simple syrup just add equal parts sugar and water to a sauce pan and bring to a boil and then simmer until all the sugars have dissolved. Allow syrup to cool before using and store in a covered container in the fridge. To make a “less sweet” simple syrup you can adjust the measurements accordingly. Your syrup will just be a little thinner than the basic recipe.
- About 4-5 mint leaves
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 2½ ounces bourbon (we used Maker’s Mark)
- Additional mint leaves for garnish
- Place the 4-5 mint leaves and simple sugar in the bottom of your glass and muddle well to release the oils from the mint.
- Add bourbon, ice and stir. Garnish with more mint leaves