The Mint Julep cocktail consists of mint, bourbon whiskey, sugar and crushed ice. The Mint Julep is considered to be one of the oldest ancestors of the cocktail. Records from the 18th century show that the drink originated in the American southern states, where it was preferred to be drunk in the morning.
- 60 ml/ 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey
- 15 ml/ ½ oz. simple syrup
- 4 mint leaves
- In a pewter or silver cup gently muddle the mint with the simple syrup.
- Fill the cup with crushed ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the cup is well frosted.
- Garnish with a mint sprig.
The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the traditional Kentucky Derby horse race since 1938. It is estimated that more than 120,000 juleps will be served to 170,000 guests during the two-day event. The tradition goes back to the story that founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. grew sprigs of mint for Mint Julep in his garden.