Oh, Yeeesss! This Mint Julep recipe is so good I had to put a leaf of mint in the straw to raise the flag in honor of such deliciousness! And to honor the Kentucky derby as well!
I had my first Mint Julep just a handful of years back. We were with our cousins, Mary and Brian, in their home and it was Derby day. They asked me if I wanted to try one, and since I’m usually a creature of habit and have been feeling ‘stuck’ in my tastes, I said, “Sure, why not?”
I branched out and tried something new because – unlike when it comes to food, where I’m adventurous and will try and like different and sometimes unpopular delicacies like kidney stew – when it comes to my drinks, I tend to rehash the same ol’ repertoire.
So that Derby day, I stood up, assumed the super hero stance and said, “NO MORE! Today begins the adventure of drinking a variety of cocktails!”
Okay, I didn’t get up and say that. But I did say it in my head. And I’ve never looked back.
So, that was my first foray into Mint Julep recipe land. Brian handed me the cup and I took a sip.
Clutching the cup, I looked lovingly at it and said, “Where have you been all my life?”
I waited for everyone to look at the television before I discreetly kissed the side of the frosty cup. Of course, my lip prints were the big giveaway but it was easy enough to wipe those away with a few swift finger movements.
When I know I’m going to mix this lovely cocktail, I put my stainless steel cups in the freezer to make them nice and frosty.
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How to make a mint julep recipe
Front and center: mint leaves, Kentucky bourbon and simple syrup.
I measure out 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.
I take my cup out of the freezer and place the mint in the bottom of it. I pour the simple syrup on top of the mint and then take my muddler and muddle away.
As I’ve stated before, whenever I muddle, I do so until I can smell the aroma of mint without sticking my nose in the cup.
This shows the leaves muddled to perfection. Notice the bruising of the mint.
Now, I grab some crushed ice and place it on top of the muddled mint and syrup.
Now to measure out 2 1/2 ounces of bourbon.
Time to pour it on top of the ice.
It needs more ice, yes indeedy it does!! I fill it to the top of the cup.
It also needs a few pieces of fresh mint.
And a straw.
And me to drink it. 🙂
Shall we look at it in an aerial view?
Yes, we shall.
And a straight on shot of this delicious drink, because I can.
Look at that frosty cup. Woohoo. I’m so excited.
I was so happy and anticipating drinking this marvelous Mint Julep recipe that I forgot to take the behind the scene photo. 🙁
I consoled myself by sipping the cocktail.
Ahh, I feel better.
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And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
Mint Julep Recipe
- 10 leaves of mint hold a few aside for garnish
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- In your stainless steel cup, place the mint and syrup
- Muddle the mint with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon until mint is fragrant
- Fill the cup 3/4 full with crushed ice
- Pour bourbon on ice
- Add more ice, plop some mint on top, stick your straw in and stir
- Get on your Kentucky Derby hat
- Sip delish drink
- Kiss cup
- Look around to see if anybody noticed
- Smile wider