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Classic Mint Julep
1.3 oz Bourbon
.75 oz simple syrup or a teaspoon sugar
4 mint leaves and a sprig of mint
Prepare some very cold very dry crushed ice with chunks of ice.
“Bruise” or mash the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with sugar syrup.
Add ice to the three quarter mark and half of the bourbon.
Stir to chill the julep cup.
Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon and continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze.
Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside.
Thinned Mint Julep
1.5 oz Bourbon
8-10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 tsp sugar
1.5-3 oz water (to taste)
Splash of lime juice
Tear up the mint leaves and put into a julep cup before gently muddling with half-teaspoon of sugar. Fill a glass halfway with crushed ice. Add bourbon, water (to taste, depending on how strong you want the drink to be), and splash of lime juice. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice. Stir vigorously until the outside of the glass frosts. Add crushed ice on top and garnish with mint sprig.
Kid Friendly Mint Julep
(makes 10 drinks)
3 cups Ginger Ale
1 ½ cups water
6 sprigs mint
1 cup lemon juice (optional)
Boil water, sugar and mint – stir until sugar is dissolved. Cool. Remove mint. Add lemon juice is desired. Fill cup with ice. Add ¼ c of sugar mixture. Add ½ c of ginger ale. Garnish with mint.