Mint Julep

Published on Nov 22, 2017

The Mint julep was originally created in the southern United States during the 18th century.  It is traditionally made with four ingredients: bourbon, mint, simple syrup, and finely crushed ice.  When it comes to cocktail’s proper preparation, it is often debated, as methods may vary from one bartender to another.  Mint leaves are muddled to release essential oils into the mixture to intensify its flavor. This cocktail is often served in silver or copper cups and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup to allow frost to form on the outside of the cup.  Since bourbon is the only liquid ingredient in the cup, you’ll want to use a high-quality bourbon, the one you really love.

Mint Julep
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz Bourbon
  2. 1⁄4 oz Simple Syrup
  3. 7 Mint leaves
  4. Few drops of your favorite bitters
Instructions
  1. Muddle the mint and syrup in a Julep cup.
  2. Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice.
  3. Stir well until the cup becomes frosted on the outside.
  4. Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with mint and a few drops of bitters.
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