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Mint Julep – Recipe!

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It’s Kentucky Derby day and there is no better cocktail than a Mint Julep to sip on while watching this historical race.

A Mint Julep is a simple mix of bourbon, simple syrup, mint leaves and a splash of sparkling water.  Bourbon originates in Kentucky, and is the most popular spirit in the entire state — and if it’s not made in Kentucky — you can’t call it bourbon.  Large hats, beautiful people with pastel suits and skirts will parade the grandstands during the day, and many are enjoying a traditional drink.

For those of us watching the big race at home, mix up a mint julep, while the horses strut into the arena before the actual derby race begins.  It’s one spectacular event that requires a good minty bourbon cocktail.

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3 ounces bourbon

1/2 ounce simple syrup

5 fresh mint leaves + more for garnish

1 cup cubed or crushed ice

1/2 cup sparkling water

(Makes 1 Cocktail)

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To Prepare:

  1. In a large beaker or cocktail shaker, add bourbon, simple syrup and mint leaves.
  2. Smash with dowel or end of wooden spoon for a few minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 cup ice and stir for 2 minutes.  Add remaining ice to glass and strain mixture over ice.
  4. Top with sparkling water and mint garnish.  Enjoy!




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