There’s a reason its the traditional drink of the Kentucky derby.
Mint, Bourbon, Sugar and water…what else do you need? You could probably argue to the end of time as to the proper way to make a mint julep, but then you’d be wasting valuable drinking time. Go ahead and look at the various options or just follow our lead, its almost post time.
Frankie’s Tuesday Night Mint Juleps
For starters you’ll need a pitcher with a ship on the front, a bunch of fresh mint, some ice, a good sized bottle of bourbon (we like Maker’s Mark) and a batch of simple syrup. You can easily make your own syrup by mixing 2 parts sugar into one part boiling water and stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool completely before using (duh) and and pour it into a nice little bottle for later.
Now for the fun part.
Throw a small handful of mint leaves into the bottom of the pitcher and muddle them a bit (a wooden spoon will do the trick) then fill up the pitcher up with ice. Pour in some simple syrup (oh, say half a cup for starters) and follow that with as much bourbon as can fit safely without spilling a drop. Mix it up a bit (again, the wooden spoon works well) and take a tiny taste. Add more syrup if necessary, until it reaches the perfect state of delicious refreshment. At that point you’ll be highly tempted to pour a full glass, but don’t! Give it a few minutes to set, perhaps taking this time to fill a few glasses with crushed ice or chat with your guests (unless you’re drinking alone, but then why wait? I’ll never know). Now toast the ponies and drink up.