Mint Julep

Mint Julep

 

On the first Saturday of May, we serve these drinks while we watch the Kentucky Derby on television.  To be authentic, you need to use Kentucky bourbon!  Silver julep glasses are traditional and can be found online.  Silver-plate ones work fine and are much cheaper than sterling ones!  The syrup can be made a day or two ahead and will keep in the refrigerator for a week or so.

 

 

2
cups sugar
2
cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Crushed ice
Kentucky bourbon
Silver julep cups

 

 

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes.  Cool, place in a covered container with 6 or 8 sprigs of fresh mint.  Refrigerate overnight.  Remove mint leaves and continue to refrigerate.

 

Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and 1 ounce Kentucky bourbon.  Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost outside of cup.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.