May 30 is Mint Julep Day - a celebration of this simple, yet delicious, bourbon cocktail.
The recipe for this summery libation is simple: bourbon or whisky, mint leaf, sugar and ice. It's simple, it's delicious, it's brilliant.
- Leaves from 4-5 mint springs
- 2 sugar cubes (or 1/2 oz simple syrup)
- 2 1/2 oz bourbon or whisky
- Heap of crushed ice
- Add ice cubes and mint leaves to a glass. Pour in a small amount of liquor to soak sugar cubes. Gently muddle the leaves and sugar. (Muddling opens up the veins of the mint leaves and releases the essential oils for greater mint flavour.)
- Fill the glass to the brim with ice (crushed works best).
- Add bourbon whiskey.
- Garnish with mint spring and enjoy!
The original mint julep recipe calls for bourbon, however, whisky will also work just fine. Traditionally they are served in silver or pewter cups and held by the handle or rim in order for the cup to maintain optimum frost, but they work just as well in any tall glass.
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Do you enjoy mint juleps?