Mint Juleps

Refreshing Cold Mint Julep

Derby Day parties have become popular in recent years during the first weekend in May for those who want to celebrate the famous horse races — or just want to wear one of those fabulous hats — without traveling to Kentucky! In that spirit, we offer this simple 4-ingredient drink, courtesy of Garden & Gun, to toast “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”  

Ingredients

  • ½ oz. superfine sugar
  • 1 oz. hot water
  • 8 mint leaves, plus one mint sprig
  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bb\ourbon

Preparation 

Dissolve the sugar in the water in an old-fashioned glass (or julep cup, of course). Add the mint leaves and press them lightly with a spoon — you want to seduce the oil from the mint leaves, not beat it out of them. Add the bourbon, fill the glass with cracked ice, and stir. Plant the mint sprig in the ice alongside a short straw, and serve.

Yield: 1 serving

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