The Mint Julep became synonymous with the Kentucky Derby in 1938, but the drink's roots go all the way back to Arabia – it was adapted from a drink called the "julab" made with rose petals instead of mint leaves.
Step 1: Add mint Set aside a few mint leaves for garnish, and place the rest in the bottom of the glass.
Step 2: Add simple syrup Pour in 1/2 an ounce of simple syrup.
TIP: Simple syrup is simply sugar water, made by dissolving 2 parts unrefined sugar into 1 part boiling water. Let cool before using.
Step 3: Muddle combination Muddle the combination gently to unleash—but not bruise—the mint's scent, flavor, and overall essence in the glass.
TIP: A muddler is a wooden rod used to mash up ingredients. If you don't have one, the back of a spoon works just as well.
Step 4: Add ice Fill the glass with crushed ice.
Step 5: Add bourbon Add two ounces of bourbon.
Step 6: Stir Stir the cocktail.
Step 7: Garnish & serve Add the mint leaves and swizzle stick as garnish, and serve. Now it's time to get your bets down.
FACT: The Mint Julep originally caught on in the colonial United States as a breakfast drink for farmers--it helped them wake up with a bang.
You Will Need
10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. Kentucky bourbon
A rocks glass or Derby cup (a traditional sterling silver or pewter cup)