The Mint Julep is a classic cocktail that has been around since the 18th century. Thought to have originated in the Southern United States, the Mint Julep has become a quintessential drink of the south, and is often served at events such as the Kentucky Derby. The traditional Mint Julep is made with bourbon, mint, sugar, and water.
Making a Mint Julep at Home:
-2 ounces of bourbon (or whiskey, brandy, rum, or cognac)
-2-4 sprigs of fresh mint
-2 teaspoons of sugar or simple syrup
-Mint sprigs and powdered sugar to garnish
-Traditional Mint Julep Glass, a pewter or silver cup is traditional
Mint Julep Cocktail Instructions:
- Place two mint sprigs in the bottom of your glass and gently muddle them to release the oils.
- Add the sugar or simple syrup and a splash of water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the bourbon over it.
- Stir until the glass becomes frosty.
- Garnish with fresh mint and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
The Mint Julep is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Depending on the type of alcohol used, the Mint Julep can take on a variety of flavors. Use bourbon for a classic Mint Julep or try whiskey, brandy, rum, or cognac for a unique twist. The Mint Julep is best served in a traditional Mint Julep glass and garnished with fresh mint and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. For a festive touch, add a straw or a skewer of fresh fruit.
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