How to make a mint julep

The Kentucky Derby is coming up, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a refreshing mint julep. This is an easy-to-make classic drink that looks all the more tempting when served in a frosty julep cup (though a regular glass will do just fine though). Our secret? Instead of simply muddling mint in the bottom of each glass, make mint simple syrup for a punch of flavour.

Mint Juleps

Makes: 2 drinks

2 bunches mint, divided

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

6 ounces bourbon

2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters (optional, but delicious)

plenty of crushed ice

powdered sugar, for dusting

1. First, make your mint simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 cup of water. Add 1 bunch of mint leaves (about 1/2 cup), place over medium heat, and stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Set the syrup aside to cool slightly (you can speed this up by placing it in the refrigerator). Once the syrup has cooled, strain the mint leaves from the syrup and discard. You will have leftover syrup, but that just means that you get to drink more juleps.

2. In a mixing glass, add a few cubes of ice and add in 6 ounces of bourbon, 2 dashes of bitters, and 2 ounces of mint simple syrup. Stir and pour into two frosty glasses, then top with lots of crushed ice. Divide your other bunch of mint leaves into two bouquets and garnish your drinks, then add straws and dust with powdered sugar. Drink and repeat.

Story and editing by Sydney Kramer and Kristen Griffin

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