Just in the nick of time, we present to you a proper Mint Julep on this Derby Day 2013. Many people seem to have misconceptions of what a julep actually is…..but it’s beauty is in it’s simplicity: mint, simple syrup, bourbon and crushed ice.
In a derby tin (or an old fashion glass) take 6 mint leaves and place in the bottom of the glass. Take your simple syrup and lightly swirl just a bit around the bottom. Gentle muddle a couple of times to release the natural mint extract. Don’t beat the shit out of the mint. If it turns black or looks really bruised, you’ve gone too far so watch what you are doing. Next, crush your ice. Yes, this is necessary. Get your Lewis bag and mallet, fill it with a couple of handfuls of ice, close and then get after it. Think of it as cardio meets therapy for the week. Add your crushed ice to your cup or glass and pack it in. Now add more ice until you have a nice snow cone shape. Add 2-3 ounces of your favorite bourbon. On top of that add about 1 ounce of simple syrup…Remember, this is to taste! And for the final touch, grab a generous handful of mint, give it a smack and shove it down into the ice in your cocktail (as shown) as garnish. Next you kick back and sip your julep, phone in your bets and wait for the race to begin. Cheers!