Fresh and minty bourbon cocktail, perfect for celebrating the Kentucky Derby! This recipe uses a delicious and not too sweet homemade mint simple syrup, fresh mint sprigs, your favorite bourbon, and a whole lot of crushed ice. It's the perfect sweet and refreshing drink for any spring or summer day.
Key ingredients for this cocktail:
- Bourbon: this is a bourbon-based cocktail, and the bourbon flavor comes through, so using a top-shelf, and high-quality bourbon is key to a delicious tasting drink.
- Fresh Mint: this recipe calls for A LOT of mint. Some mint leaves are chopped up and added to the simple syrup, and then several springs of the whole mint are added to the glass for more flavor and as a garnish.
- Mint Simple Syrup: mint simple syrup is super easy to make. Simply mix the water, sugar, and chopped mint in a small saucepan and heat until all the sugar has dissolved. This syrup is a little watered down because I don't like my drinks too sweet, and a Mint Julep is meant to be refreshing, and this recipe is really refreshing and delicious.
- Crushed Ice: You can technically use any type of ice you want, but you use crushed ice if you want a traditional Kentucky Derby-style cocktail.
Tips and tricks for making this recipe:
- Try and make your simple syrup ahead of time, so it has time to thoroughly cool. You can make it a week ahead of time and store it in the fridge.
- Mix your drink first and add the ice last. This drink is traditionally made by mixing everything together in a glass, adding the mint springs, and then topping it all off with ice.
What does a mint julep taste like:
A mint julep is really similar to a mojito, but instead of using rum it uses bourbon. It's sweet from the sugar, refreshing from the mint, delicious from the bourbon whisky, and cooling from all the ice.
What is the best bourbon for a mint julep?
Any top-shelf bourbon will do, but here are my favorites: