Photo by Elissa Wiehn
Derby is coming! It’s my favorite time of the year in Kentucky. Everything is so festive and fun. Even the weather is going to cooperate. So this week all Bubbly Horse posts will be Derby related.
Let’s talk mint juleps. Not the juleps that you buy at the track, they aren’t very good. Let’s face it, you can’t have a good craft cocktail when you are preparing for the masses!
The key is the simple syrup. It’s soooo easy to make and you can keep it in your fridge for several weeks. All it is sugar and fresh mint leaves boiled down into a syrup. It makes the drink so much better than when you use the mix. You’ll see!
If you don’t have julep cups then use a regular glass. I had a mint julep served in a Moscow mule cup the other day which was really good. Just be creative and have fun! xoxo
Yield: Makes 1 drink
1 ounce minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon (I would use a quality bourbon versus a cooking bourbon)
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
Add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water (or not). Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.