ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Make A Classic Mint Julep

Updated on July 21, 2017

While Mint Julep is the celebrated and traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby horse race, it is also a refreshing cocktail that can be enjoyed any time, most appreciably in the summer months. This is a recipe for the basic classic cocktail, which requires few ingredients and only a little prep time.

Rate This Cocktail

Cast your vote for Classic Mint Julep

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 1-2 servings (see below for making additional)

Ingredients for the simple syrup

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar

To make the simple syrup

  1. Mix in a saucepan the sugar and distilled water.
  2. Over low heat, dissolve the sugar, being sure to stir continuously for a few minutes. Once the sugar is dissolved, set this syrup to the side and allow to cool.

Ingredients for rest of cocktail

* Leaves from 4-5 fresh spearmint sprigs

* 2/3 shot or 1/2 ounce of the simple syrup

* 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey

* Mint (preferably spearmint) sprig for garnish

* Powdered sugar

* crushed ice

To Make The Final Cocktail

1. Bruise some of the spearmint leaves and place into a wide, tall glass or cup along with the cooled simple syrup.

2. With a clean wooden pestle, muddle (gingerly crush and swirl) these ingredients together to release the mint essence.

3. Add your bourbon.

4. Fill glass with crushed ice. Stir until the ice has created a frosty appearance on your cup or glass.

5. Garnish with mint sprigs. Lightly sprinkle the beverage with the powdered sugar. Enjoy.

To make for guests

Multiply all ingredients six-to-eight fold to serve a conservative gathering. For this it is suggested to combine the simple syrup with the bourbon and ice in a porcelain or ceramic container. However, if you have a large clean mortar that mates with your pestle, this is ideal and the beverage can be served with a punch ladle. Always add the powdered sugar and mint garnish lastly and only over individual servings.

**For the traditional experience**

using crushed ice is traditional, though shaved ice may be used as a substitute. Cubed ice, however, is never suggested.

Historically

Mint Julep, when drank during the Kentucky Derby, is presented in a silver or pewter cup, preferably engraved or imprinted with a horse shoe turned upward (for luck).

According to legend, if your horse (owned or just gambled on) loses the Kentucky Derby it is ill-advised to drink Mint Julep during the next three courses of the moon (three months). To do so is said to bring a broken leg for the horse!


Contributed ©July 21, 2017 by Beth Perry

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    13 months ago from Tennesee

    :) Nice!

  • k@ri profile image

    Kari Poulsen 

    13 months ago from Ohio

    Sounds simple enough. The mint grows in my front garden. Now I just need some bourbon. :)

  • Angel Guzman profile image

    Angel Guzman 

    15 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

    Hmm never had one. I'll try it.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)