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Mint Julep Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 fluid ounces bourbon whiskey
  • crushed ice, divided
  • 1 sprig fresh mint for garnish

Glass

Mint Julep Cocktail Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Chill a julep cup in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  2. Place mint leaves and simple syrup in the chilled julep cup; mash well with a cocktail muddler. Pour in bourbon and 1/2 cup crushed ice. Stir until chilled and top with remaining 1/2 cup ice.
  3. Garnish with fresh mint.

Original recipe makes 1 serving

History of the Mint Julep Cocktail

Mint Julep initially showed up in printing in 1803 referred to as a "dram of spirituous liquor which has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning." Certain historians state Mint Julep was created in the early 1700s somewhere in east coast. First Mint Juleps weren't perhaps combined with Bourbon, rather rye whiskey or rum or other available spirits.

Origins: Arabic drink - julab

Chris Morris from Woodford Reserve Bourbon says "Centuries ago, there seemed to be an Arabic drink known as julab, made out of water and rose petals. The beverage had a delicate and refreshing fragrance that individuals believed would instantly improve the quality of their lives. "When the julab was unveiled in the Mediterranean region, the local population swapped the rose petals with mint, a plant native to the area. The mint julep, as it was now called, grew in popularity through Europe.

Mint Julep's popularity came to rest in the agricultural areas in the east and southeast, where farmers awakened at dawn. Morris states the julep was initially a morning drink as the spirited equal of coffee in today's modern society. "One sip and Pow! The farmers were prepared to deal with the long day."