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Cocktail Recipe: Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby is coming up on May 2, and you know what that means. Mint Juleps! No, not because they’re trendy — because they’re good.

The Mint Julep, a frosty-cold and sweet snow cone of an adult beverage, is one of the true treats of the warm weather season. In the days before air conditioning, they were cherished in the South for their ability to cool you down when the temperature was hot, and thus became a traditional summertime libation that continues until this day.

The recipe for a classic Mint Julep, courtesy of Dale DeGroff, is included below.

Or try The Queen’s Julep from Bob Peters, a twist on the original featuring the addition of Fernet Branca Mentha, the bittersweet and minty Italian  amaro.

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Adapted from a recipe by King Cocktail Dale DeGroff.

Feel free to substitute your favorite brand of bourbon. Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, while the Old Forester Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. But any good quality bourbon will work.

Use tender, young sprigs of mint, which last longer and look better.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup or 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 4 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Mint Sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare some very cold, very dry powdered ice by crushing chunks of ice inside a canvas ice bag. Bruise the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with simple syrup or sugar. Add ice to the three quarter mark and add half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon. Continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.
https://professorcocktail.com/2015/04/23/cocktail-recipe-mint-julep/

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Cocktail Recipe: The Queen’s Julep

The Queen’s Julep

The Queen’s Julep

Adapted from a recipe by Punch Room Head Mixologist Bob Peters.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Fernet Branca Menta
  • 8 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Mint Sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Muddle mint leaves in a shaker. Add bourbon, simple syrup, and Fernet Branca Menta. Add ice and shake. Double strain and pour over crushed ice in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.
https://professorcocktail.com/2015/04/23/cocktail-recipe-the-queens-julep/

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Cocktail Recipe: Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep (Batch of 8)

Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep

Yield: 8 drinks

Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 8 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 30-40 Fresh Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. To make the julep mix: Prepare mint extract by removing the small, tender mint leaves. Wash, pat dry and put 30-40 leaves in a small mixing bowl and cover with 3 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon. Soak the leaves for at least 15 minutes. Remove the mint leaves, place in a clean cotton cloth and wring vigorously over the bowl, bruising the leaves. Keep dipping the cloth in bourbon (several times) and wringing the leaves so the juice of the mint is dripped back into the bourbon. Set this mint extract aside for at least 1 hour. (Or if you prefer, you can place the mint leaves back in the extract for a more concentrated mint flavor.) Combine the mint extract with the simple syrup in a covered glass container or jar and refrigerate overnight.
  2. To make the drinks: Fill each cup with crushed ice and add 1 1/3 oz. of bourbon and 1 oz. marinated julep mix. Top off cup with crushed ice (10-20% over the rim, like a snow cone). Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, add a small drinking straw, and serve with a napkin.
https://professorcocktail.com/2014/04/29/cocktail-recipe-tom-bulleits-authentic-mint-julep-batch-of-8/