The official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. Bourbon, mint, simple syrup, and plenty of crushed ice.
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 4–5 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- Add mint leaves and simple syrup to a mint julep cup or double old fashioned glass. Muddle mint leaves to release the oils. Simple sugar should start to have a greenish hue.
- Add bourbon and stir.
- Fill glass with roughly 1 cup of crushed ice and stir until mixed. Top with a mound of additional crushed ice and serve with a mint leaf garnish.
If your fridge doesn’t dispense crushed ice, use the pulse setting on a blender or fill a gallon-sized ziploc bag and manually crush by hitting with rolling pin.
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