When most people think of a mint julep, they think of the Kentucky Derby, but I think of Disneyland!! That’s where I first heard of a mint julep when I was ten years old, and that’s where I realized how amazing mint tastes in a drink. No worries, y’all, Disney’s mint juleps are alcohol free. Mine, though, are not.
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Nothing screams the south to me like a mint julep, and I was thinking about the south as I was thinking of summer dishes to share. Therefore, a mint julep was born in my kitchen and is now ready for you to enjoy.
In fact, I am sitting here sipping on one that I made specifically for this post right now.
If I shut my eyes, I could imagine swinging on a porch swing, watching the dragon flies fly around while I fan myself on a hot summer day and enjoy the amazingness that is this drink.
(P.S. I’m never ever going to go to the south on a hot summer day, haha. Been there, done that, but this drink would be perfect if I ever did.)
It’s ice cold, and the mint creates a cooling effect in my mouth.
The bourbon isn’t too strong, even though this drink is made of purely bourbon and sugar. I think the crushed ice does a nice job of cutting it down as it melts.
It’s pretty to look at, too! The light amber color mixed with the green mint leaves is elegant, and would be perfect for a summer bridal shower, or maybe even a fun game night BBQ with friends. Giant Jenga, anyone?!
Here is how to make it:
(note: I am NOT an expert in this and I am NOT going to pretend to be, hahaha)
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1.5 oz mint simple syrup
- 4 whole mint leaves
- Enough crushed ice to fill an 8 oz tumbler
- Put the mint into the bottom of your glass tumbler, then add in the simple syrup. Using the back of a spoon, crush the mint leaves into the syrup. This will allow even more mint flavor to be released into your drink.
- Pile in your crushed ice, so that it completely fills your tumbler. You want a ton of it, because you want your mint julep to be extremely cold and refreshing.
- Pour your bourbon of choice over the ice and then stir the concoction, until the tumbler is frosty.
- Garnish with some mint leaves and a straw.
- If you want, you can sprinkle the drink with some powdered sugar, too.