The Mint Julep is a bourbon-based cocktail associated with the American South, originating in the southern United States in the late 18th century. Since the early 20th century, the drink has been promoted in association with the Kentucky Derby—each year, nearly 120,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period. A Mint Julep should be served on the rocks and in a highball glass, preferably on a very hot and humid day.
½ tsp powdered sugar
1 tsp water
8 mint leaves
2 oz bourbon
- Combine the powdered sugar and water at the bottom of a highball class.
- At the mint leaves and muddle.
- Add bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is slightly frosted on the outside.
- Serve with more crushed ice (forming a dome) and garnish with a mint spring. Add bitters to top if desired.