Picture yourself sitting on a porch swing, the sun beating down on you as you fan yourself with a crisp linen napkin. You take a sip of your refreshing and classic mint julep and feel an instant sense of relief as the cool and invigorating flavor of fresh mint washes over your taste buds.
This iconic drink is the perfect choice for those hot summer days when you want something both refreshing and satisfying. Combining the smooth, bold taste of whiskey or bourbon with the cool and invigorating taste of fresh mint, the mint julep is the ultimate summer cocktail. So why not treat yourself to this classic drink and enjoy a taste of Southern hospitality wherever you are?
Here's how to make one:
- 2 oz of bourbon or whiskey (single malt or limited edition)
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 4-5 fresh mint leaves
- Crushed ice
- Mint sprigs for garnish
In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar and mint leaves until the sugar is dissolved and the mint leaves are fragrant.
Add the bourbon or whiskey to the mixing glass and stir until well combined.
Fill a julep cup or glass with crushed ice. This will keep the drink cool and refreshing.
Strain the bourbon or whiskey mixture over the ice in the julep cup or glass.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy!
The mint julep has a rich history, dating back to the early 1800s. Originally, the drink was made with brandy, but it evolved to include bourbon or flavored whiskey as those liquors became more popular in the United States. The mint julep has since become synonymous with Southern hospitality, and is a staple at the annual Kentucky Derby.
When it comes to choosing the right whiskey or bourbon for your mint julep, you can't go wrong with a classic single malt or limited edition bottle. These types of liquors have a depth and complexity of flavor that pairs perfectly with the fresh and bright taste of the mint.
Whether you're sipping on a mint julep at a backyard barbecue or enjoying one while watching the Kentucky Derby, this classic cocktail is sure to please. So why not mix one up and cool down with a refreshing and delicious mint julep?