All you need to make a perfect mint julep is four ingredients: a good quality bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint 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 at any restaurant or bar.
- 8 mint leaves
- 1/2 Ounce simple syrup
- 2 1/2 Ounces bourbon
- Crushed ice
- Mint sprig, garnish
Step 1: In a rocks glass muddle 8 mint leaves with 1/2 ounce simple syrup.
Step 2: Add 2 1/2 ounces bourbon and a handful of crushed ice, stir well. Fill glass completely with crushed iced.
Step 3: Garnish with mint sprig.