This southern classic, The Mint Julep, became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. Mint, bourbon, simple syrup and lots of crushed ice is all it takes!
It's Kentucky Derby time, so let’s get our glad rags on with a classic Derby cocktail - The Mint Julep.
Four ingredients, a muddler and a little elbow grease is all you need. Make it to order over crushed ice for optimum enjoyment. Our version has mint infused simple syrup to boost the experience for our taste buds, and added fresh mint is key! xoxo Kirsty
Ingredients for 2 Mint Juleps
Mint Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup (95g) sugar
1/2 cup (120ml) water
12 mint leaves
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a soft boil. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Drop in the mint leaves, turn off the heat and allow to infuse for least 30 minutes, until it comes to room temperature. You can keep any leftover simple syrup in the fridge for a week.
For two cocktails:
16 mint leaves plus sprigs to garnish
1 ounce mint simple syrup
4 ounces of your favorite bourbon
Lots of crushed ice
Prepare 2 glasses. Pour 1/2 ounce mint simple syrup in each glass and drop 8 mint leaves in each.
Gently muddle the mint to release the aroma, you don’t want to bruise or shred it. If you don’t have a muddler, use the stem of wooden spoon.
Add 2 ounces bourbon to each glass. Stir to combine.
Fill the glasses with crushed ice, stir again and garnish with mint sprigs. Cheers!