Have you ever been to the Deep South? If not, here’s a recipe to get you there without a plane ticket. This is a classic cocktail from the south – great for the summer!
The julep first got its start as a medicinal concoction used to settle the stomach. As a cocktail, it blossomed in the American South in the late 1700s, with a decidedly elite air, because not everyone had access to ice nor the silver or pewter cup in which the drink is served.
Known as the unofficial drink of the South, the mint julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. Nearly 120,000 mint juleps have been sold at the race every year since.Lux Row Distillers
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Lime Wedge
- 2-3 mint leaves and 1 sprig
- Splash Soda
- 2-3 oz Bourbon (preferably Kentucky Straight Bourbon)
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- Crushed Ice
Start with a rocks glass or something slightly larger. In the glass muddle 1 lime wedge and 2-3 mint leaves with 1 oz of Simple Syrup and a splash of soda.
Once fully muddled, add 2-3 ounces of Bourbon.
Fill the glass with crushed ice. If you don’t have an ice crusher, simply grab a cloth bag like this Lewis Bag and a mallet and take your frustrations out on that ice.
Finally give it a quick mix with a bar spoon. Top with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge.