The Mint Julep is a bourbon cocktail best known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. But this easy-to-make refresher shouldn’t be reserved for only one day a year. This classic cocktail was created in the southern United States during the 18th century and is still a favorite today.
The Mint Julep is traditionally served in a Highball glass or silver Julep cup over crushed ice and garnished with mint. Since bourbon is the only liquid in the drink, you’ll want to use a high-quality bourbon you know you love.
This recipe appeared as part of “The Mint Julep. The Right and Wrong Ways to Make the Simple Classic.”
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- 8 mint leaves
- 2 ounces bourbon
- Garnish: bitters
- Garnish: mint sprig
In a Julep cup or rocks glass, lightly muddle the mint and syrup.
Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice.
Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.
Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a mint sprig and a few optional drops of bitters.