Kentucky Mint Julep Cocktail

by - May 29, 2017

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Just a few weeks ago, the Kentucky Derby took place. We celebrated as all good Kentuckians should... with bourbon! Although we've both lived in Kentucky all our lives, neither of us had ever had a mint julep before! Craziness, right?! We may not be big horse racing gurus, but we've definitely become pretty big bourbon fans around here lately! And we discovered that mint juleps are a great drink for all summer! Plus they gave us a great way to us some of the fresh mint we've been growing on our deck :)

These Kentucky-classic cocktails are surprisingly easy to make at home, and so refreshing! They definitely don't need to be a Derby-day-only drink, in my book! If you want to learn how to make on yourself, keep reading along.

To make one mint julep, you will need:

5-6 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoons (0.5 oz) Simple Syrup
1/3 cup (2.5 oz) Bourbon (any kind will work!)

That's it! It's easy, I promise!

Step 1

Start by putting a few fresh mint leaves in the bottom of each cup and adding a splash of Simple Syrup. You can measure it out or use the "free pour" counting method. 

Step 2

Using a spoon or muddler, gently mash the leaves against the bottom of the glass to help release the flavors.

Step 3

Add a few ice cubes.

Step 4

Pour in your bourbon!

Step 5 

Give your drink a little stir, garnish with an extra leaf or two, and you're good to go!

I suggest enjoying on a deck, porch, or patio on a gorgeous Kentucky afternoon! If you aren't in Kentucky, well, I feel sorry for you! But I suppose a nice afternoon wherever you are will work, and this refreshing cocktail will bring a little Kentucky sunshine to you there :)

Cheers! Enjoy your cocktail-making!

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