Kentucky Derby style mint julep
Here’s my home made version of this famous drink. First you have to make a spearmint simple syrup.
Mint simple syrup
Good in other drinks, or stirred into fresh fruit.
1 cup each sugar and water
1 packed cup spearmint leaves or more to taste, smooshed with wooden spoon to release volatile oils
Bring sugar and water to a boil. Pour over mint which you’ve placed in a heat proof jar. Cover, refrigerate overnight and strain. Keeps a month refrigerated.
Make a mint julep
Ideally, the ice will start melting, creating a memorable drink.
Fill a julep cup or 12 oz. glass with crushed ice.
Add up to 3 oz. Kentucky bourbon or more, or less….
Stir in 2 tablespoons or more of mint simple syrup
Stir until very well mixed. Garnish with mint sprig and insert straw.