The Mint Julep originated in the southern United States at some point in the eighteenth century. Although the origins of the drink are clouded, the first appearance of a Mint Julep in print came in a book by John Davis published in London in 1803, where it was described as “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” It is traditionally made using four ingredients: mint leaves, bourbon, sugar and water.
Traditionally, Mint Juleps were served in silver or pewter cups and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup to keep the drink as cold as possible. Nowadays, however, the drink is most commonly served in a highball glass with a straw. Popular on a hot summer afternoon, particularly in Kentucky, this has become the Southern style serve of drink and is the cocktail in which most revellers drown their sorrows at the Kentucky Derby!
60ml Bourbon Whiskey
12 Fresh Mint Leaves
1tsp Caster Sugar
Step 1 – Muddle the Mint Leaves in a mixing glass with the Bourbon, Sugar and Water.
Step 2 – Add Cubed Ice and shake thoroughly to chill the drink.
Step 3 – Strain into a julep cup or highball glass over Crushed Ice.
Step 4 – Stir and top up with more Crushed Ice.
Step 5 – Garnish with two sprigs of Fresh Mint and enjoy!