The Mint Julep dates back over 200 years.
Since the 18th century, it's been a refreshing summer favorite that packs a boozy punch!
“As the ice melts and dilutes, the drink gets cooler and the flavors change,” says Derek Brown, the owner of Washington, D.C.'s Colombia Room.
☞ Here's the only recipe you'll ever need (courtesy of Liquor.com):
- 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 8 Mint Leaves
- 2 oz Bourbon (86, 90 or 100 proof recommended, since there's so much ice)
☞ Make it!
- In a metal Julep cup lightly muddle (lightly tap to release the oils) the mint and syrup.
- Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice.
- Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.
- Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a mint sprig and few optional drops of bitters.
☞ Simple Syrup is made with 1/2 cup of regular, granulated sugar in 1/2 cup of water.
- Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Strain into a jar and seal tightly with a lid.
- Simple syrup will keep, refrigerated, for about one month.