The Mint Julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Every year 120,000 are served at Churchill Downs over a 2 day period. The origin of the Mint Julep is debated. But its roots go as far back at 1800 and was often used a tonic to aid stomach sickness. Traditionally a Mint Julep is served in silver or pewter cups that would frost up once the ice was stirred.
Let’s go over how you can make one at home while you watch the derby or any occasion.
- Add sugar and water (or simple syrup) to a glass or julep cup.
- Add mint and lightly muddle, being sure to rim the glass with mint.
- Fill glass half full with crushed ice.
- Add bourbon and stir. (Definitely use a quality bourbon and consider a higher proof one as well)
- Top with more crushed ice and stir to frost the glass up.
- Garnish with fresh mint and short straw to enhance the mint smell.
You can make a mint simple syrup by combining a cup of water, cup of sugar and a bunch of mint and dissolving the sugar on a stovetop. Let sit for a 15 minutes, strain and refrigerate. That mint simple syrup is great for flavoring many types of drinks outside of Mint Juleps.
Don’t forget to take you Happy Hour Vitamins, sugary drinks can be harder on the body and you don’t want to feel the effects the next day. Cheers