Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby

The Mint Julep is a classic Southern cocktail and is the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. It is a potent cocktail that is fairly easy to make at home and is a must-have offering for and Kentucky Derby gathering. There are variations of this cocktail that call for sugar, opposed to simple syrup. You can top with soda, or even add Lime Juice. Here, I give the classic recipe that I use when preparing my Juleps.

8 – 10 Mint Leaves
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
2 ounces Bourbon
Mint Sprig for Garnish

In Julep Cup (or rocks glass) muddle Mint Leaves and Simple Syrup Fill glass with crushed ice
Add Bourbon and stir
Top with crushed ice to create an ice dome on the top of the drink Garnish with Mint Sprig

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