How To Make A Mint Julep
If you are from the South, you probably already know how to make a Mint Julep. This cold and refreshing drink is very popular in the region on a sunny afternoon and is a must for celebrating the Kentucky Derby. The mint julep is a fairly straightforward drink to make. The best way to make a mint julep everyone will rave about is to get the perfect balance of sweetness, alcohol and cool minty flavor. Although a true mint julep is served in a silver mug, it will be equally well-received in a Tom Collins glass or any glass you happen to have at home. Even in a paper cup! Everyone loves a good mint julep on a hot summer day.
You will need:
- One tsp. powdered sugar
- Two tsp. water
- Four fresh sprigs of mint
- Two and half oz. bourbon whiskey
- Crushed ice
- Serving glass
- Prepare the mint. Place the powdered sugar, water and three sprigs of mint in a serving glass. Bruise the mint leaves with the back of a spoon to help release some of the flavor. This step can be done in advance to give the flavor more time to infuse.
- Add the alcohol. Fill the glass up with crushed ice and then pour the bourbon on top of the ice. Mix everything gently, topping off with more ice if needed.
- Garnish and serve. Place one mint sprig on top of the mint julep as a garnish. Serve as cold as possible.
- Add more powdered sugar if your prefer sweeter drinks.
- Spearmint is the best mint to use to make a mint julep, but any type of fresh mint will work.
- Three teaspoons of simple syrup can be used in place of the powdered sugar and water.
- Use Kentucky style bourbon for the most authentic flavor.