The mint julep is a classic southern cocktail that has long been a warm weather party staple. Popularized by Churchill Downs as a traditional Kentucky Derby drink since 1938, mint juleps and Kentucky Derby parties go hand in hand. Even if you can’t make it to the Run for the Roses in person, here’s a quick recipe so you can enjoy the classic cocktail at home, or at your Kentucky Derby 2011 party.
Classic Mint Julep (adapted from Mr. Boston)
makes one mint julep
5 sprigs fresh spearmint
1 teaspoon simple syrup*
2 teaspoons water
3 ounces Bourbon
In a julep cup if you have one or another kind of glass in the more likely event that you don’t, muddle the mint leaves, syrup, and water. Add crushed or shaved ice, then add the bourbon. Garnish with mint leaves.
*Combine 2 parts boiling water to 1 part sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and cool. Keep in a sealed jar in the refrigerator.