Mint Juleps are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. And, as my husband is a native of Louisville, we pull out all the stops for Derby Day! As part of our wedding registry five years ago, we received eight pewter julep cups, and every year they grace our table perfectly frosted and totally in keeping with the spirit of the Run for the Roses! Mint Juleps are sweetly Southern, wonderfully refreshing, and delicious no matter how you like your bourbon. Enjoy!
Minty Simple Syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups hot water
6-8 large sprigs fresh mint
Mason jar with lid (or other airtight container)
Boil sugar and water together for five minutes. Remove from heat and pour over mint sprigs until just wilted (this goes quickly, so don't walk away!). Pour mint-infused syrup into a Mason jar and let cool. Once at room temperature, put the lid on and chill the syrup overnight.
For the Juleps:
Mint-infused simple syrup
Torn mint leaves
Fill julep cup with crushed ice and allow to frost. Place a tablespoon or two of torn mint leaves over the ice. Pour bourbon over the mint and top of with a splash of simple syrup (I started with 2 shots bourbon and 3 tablespoons syrup). Stir to combine, adjust ingredient ratios to taste, and garnish with a sprig of mint! Serve ice cold.