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Mint Julep

The Mint Julep cocktail is a refreshing and iconic libation synonymous with Southern hospitality and the Kentucky Derby. Originating in the 18th century, its roots can be traced back to the Southern United States, where it became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. Traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup filled with crushed ice, the Mint Julep is celebrated for its cooling mint flavor and smooth bourbon base.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) bourbon whiskey

  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup

  • Crushed ice

  • Mint sprig for garnish

  • Jigger

  • Muddler

  • Highball glass or traditional silver julep cup

Preparation Steps:

  1. In a highball glass or traditional julep cup, gently muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup to release the mint's aromatic oils.

  2. Fill the glass or cup with crushed ice, packing it tightly.

  3. Pour 60 ml (2 oz) of bourbon whiskey over the ice.

  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients and chill the drink.

  5. Top up with more crushed ice if needed.

  6. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig for aroma and visual appeal.

Flavor Profile:

The Mint Julep cocktail offers a harmonious blend of flavors, with the boldness of bourbon whiskey balanced by the refreshing mint and sweetness of the simple syrup. It's a timeless classic that's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or celebrating special occasions.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing the Right Bourbon: Selecting the right bourbon whiskey is essential for a delicious Mint Julep. Opt for a high-quality bourbon with a smooth and balanced flavor profile.

  • Muddling Technique: When muddling the mint leaves, be gentle to avoid bruising them, which can result in a bitter taste. Lightly pressing and twisting the mint leaves releases their aromatic oils without overpowering the drink.

  • Crushed Ice Quality: The texture and consistency of the crushed ice play a crucial role in the Mint Julep's overall experience. Aim for finely crushed ice that packs well into the glass, providing optimal chilling and dilution.

  • Garnish with Fresh Mint: A fresh mint sprig not only adds visual appeal to the Mint Julep but also enhances its aroma with each sip. Slap the mint sprig between your hands before garnishing to release its aromatic oils. It intensifies the mint aroma and adds an extra layer of freshness to the drink.

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