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Mint julep

It’s summer, and nothing says summer like that classic southern drink, the mint julep. With our spearmint plant flourishing,* and bourbon in the bar (of course), there was no need to go shopping for extra ingredients for this drink.

* We brought a cutting from our plant in California, but we’ve confined it to a pot this time, since the damn thing grows like a weed.

I wanted to make it with a mint simple syrup to ramp up the minty-ness a notch, but that was easy to pull off — just a cup of water, a cup of sugar, and a handful of mint leaves crushed between my fingers. The end result was minty bourbon deliciousness.

Oh yeah.

Definitely give this one a try when it’s nice and sweltering outside, and you won’t be sorry! Save the extra simple syrup for other cocktail experiments, or use it to sweeten some iced tea.

Mint Julep

1 oz mint simple syrup**
3 oz bourbon
12-14 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
crushed ice

Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep or highball glass. Pour the simple syrup over and muddle. Add the bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

** Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Crush several mint leaves into the pan and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and cover until cool. Can be used immediately or chilled for later.

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16 Thoughts on “Mint julep

  1. Ashley Barnas on June 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm said:

    I have to try this with my mint next!

  2. With Kentucky grandparents, I grew up with an awareness of Mint Juleps and Burgoo. I was allowed to have Burgoo considerably younger than Juleps, as you might expect. Thanks for the simple syrup recipe – I’ve never been really sure what that meant, and I see it in a lot of drink recipes.

    • I had to look up what Burgoo was — please tell me they didn’t make it with squirrel! I’ll take a mint julep any day. ;)

      Oddly, sources differ on what simple syrup actually is (either a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, or 2:1), but I like 1:1, and it seems to be more common. Something that’s actually called “simple” shouldn’t be quite that difficult to figure out!

  3. “Oh yeah” is right…The mint simple syrup is the way to go (rocks in other drinks too…)

  4. I have noticed you like angled drink shots. I’m thinking those drinks are strong. This makes me like them more! Also, our mint leaves look like they’re on crack, good to see ones of normal size. Oh and yes, the drink looks very nice!

  5. refreshing! I’m sure its 5 o’clock somewhere :)

  6. I just bought mint to make tea but, on second thoughts….

  7. Yum! One of my favorites! (Obviously, LOL)

    Do you have any tricks for getting your mint plant to grow well? I haven’t tried growing my own, but I have such a brown thumb when it comes to growing herbs!

    • I thought of you when I was making these!

      As for the mint, try it!! Even with a brown thumb, I swear it grows like a weed. We actually had to confine ours to a pot this time around b/c it was popping up in places it wasn’t supposed to be in our old garden beds! We couldn’t get rid of it if we tried.

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