Mint Julep

Mint Julep
Staff Writer
Mint Julep

Naren Young

Mint Julep

All you need to make a perfect mint julep is a good quality, high-proof bourbon, some sugar, the freshest, most spritely mint you can find, and some crushed ice. It absolutely must be crushed ice. The drink may taste strong and sweet at first, but after only a few minutes, the ice will dilute and soften the drink and it will transform into a sublime and ambrosial mix that will be about as refreshing (and Southern) as you’ll find anywhere. 

Ingredients

  • 8-10  mint leaves, torn in half (plus an extra sprig for garnish)
  • 1  Teaspoon  white sugar
  • 2 1/2  Ounces  bourbon (try Knob Creek, Booker's, or Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
  • Crushed ice

Directions

In a tall glass, muddle the mint and sugar. Add half of the bourbon and some crushed ice, and agitate well. Add the remaining bourbon and more crushed iced and stir again. Fill glass completely with crushed iced and add the biggest mint sprig you can find for garnish. Serve with a straw.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
50mg
17%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
15g
33%
Calcium, Ca
4mg
0%
Choline, total
41mg
10%
Folate, total
4µg
1%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
14mg
4%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
213mg
30%
Selenium, Se
26µg
47%
Sodium, Na
752mg
50%
Water
50g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Mint Julep Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Mint Julep Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.