It’s Derby day! Time to put on a fancy hat, cut a slice of Kentucky Derby pie and mix up this mint julep recipe.
I love a cool, refreshing cocktail with a kick, especially one steeped in such tradition.
Close to 120,000 mint juleps will be served during two days of races at Churchill Downs. That’s a lot of bourbon and mint!
As fancy as they might seem, mint juleps are really easy to make.
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 8-10 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 2 cups crushed ice
- To prepare the simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a pan. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Place two mint leaves in your palm and clap your hands a couple of times to release the oils.
- Rub the mint leaves all along the inside of a julep cup.
- Place 8 to 10 mint leaves in the bottom of the cup, along with 1 ounce of simple syrup. Use the back of a spoon or a wooden muddler to gently bruise the leaves.
- Fill the julep cup halfway with ice and add bourbon.
- Stir until the cup is frosty, then fill with ice and stir gently once more.
- Garnish with mint sprigs
Be sure to check out my recipe for Kentucky Derby Pie, a trifecta of deliciousness made with pecans, chocolate and bourbon.