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