The first time I had this drink was for Easter Sunday. I had the family over, and my son-in-law made the best mint juleps. Wow, what a great drink! Simple and dainty but with a slight kick. With only five simple ingredients: simple syrup, mint leaves, a whole lot of ice, a splash of water (or club soda), and the kicker–Kentucky Bourbon. Yessir, this was a good one.
I added a few chamomile flowers for garnish because I just love pretty drinks. I think they looked very Easter-y, don’t you? This is absolutely a drink I’ll be having again. It’s got spring and summer written all over it. I hope you enjoy this classic. Please drink responsibly.
Here is the recipe:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serving: One 6 oz. glass
- 2 oz. of Kentucky Bourbon
- 1 oz. of simple syrup (see recipe below)
- Fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- Ice, crushed
- A splash of water (or club soda)
Directions for simple syrup:
- In a small saucepan add equal parts ½ cup of water and ½ cup of sugar on medium heat. Stir carefully for 1-2 minutes or until the water comes to a boil and the sugar has fully dissolved.
- Take the saucepan off the heat, then cover.
- Allow the simple syrup to cool, then store in a glass container with a lid (mason jar) and refrigerate until it is ready to use.
Directions for Mint Julep:
- Using a cocktail shaker, add 5 or 6 mint leaves and the simple syrup. Muddle the ingredients together to release the oils from the mint leaves.
- Add the crushed ice, followed by 2 ounces of Kentucky Bourbon. Shake for a few seconds. (You can also do this step directly in the 6 oz. glass, but muddle carefully so as not to break the glass. Just stir and serve if you are going to do this.)
- Pour the cocktail mixture into the glass.
- Follow with a splash of water or club soda.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint. Cheers!