Mint julep is a traditional southern cocktail made with fresh mint, sugar, bourbon, and crushed ice. It is typically served in a silver or pewter cup and garnished with a sprig of mint.
Mint julep recipe
In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar and water. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Use fresh mint: Ensure you have fresh mint leaves and not dried ones. This will give your mint julep an aromatic and fresh flavor.
Crush the ice: For a perfect mint julep, crushing the ice is important. Use a mallet or your blender to crush the ice until it’s small and powdery. This will create a perfect consistency with the cocktail.
Use the right bourbon: While you may be tempted to use any bourbon, ensure you use a high-quality bourbon with at least 90 proof. Remember, the bourbon makes up the bulk of the cocktail, so using a high-quality one will enhance the taste.
Don’t over muddle: When muddling the mint, don’t overdo it. Simply press the mint gently to release the oils without crushing it too much.
Use sugar syrup: In place of granulated sugar, use sugar syrup to sweeten the cocktail. This will ensure that the sugar is completely dissolved, giving the cocktail a smooth taste.
Serve it in a chilled glass: Ensure that both the glass and the ice are chilled before serving. This will ensure that your mint julep stays cold for longer.
One non-alcoholic alternative to Mint Julep could be the Virgin Mint Julep. It is a refreshing and cooling drink made with a combination of fresh mint leaves, sugar syrup, lime juice, and soda water. To make a Virgin Mint Julep, you can follow these simple steps:
This drink is perfect for those who want to enjoy a minty and refreshing drink without the alcohol. It is also easy to customize according to taste preferences.