The Mint Julep
Today, the Mint Julep is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby, where they serve 120,000 juleps in two days. But it is actually much older than that. Back in 1784, the basic recipe was used as a morning medicinal tonic. Bourbon became the spirits of choice do to necessity. Farmers couldn’t afford imported spirits such as Rum, and so turned to an American made whiskey.
For our interpretation of the Mint Julep, we recommend using Makers Mark. It’s tasting notes of caramel, vanilla, orange & coriander are a perfect pairing for this cocktail.
How to Make
Firstly, smoke your glass.
Slap your mint leaves to “wake” them up. Then, add the leaves, the simple syrup and bitters into a Julep Cup (or rocks).Gently Muddle the ingredients together.
Next, add your bourbon and fill the cup half way with crushed ice. Stir until contents are chilled.
Add more crushed ice, creating a dome over the top. Garnish with fresh mint and serve with a straw.