The mint julep — a refreshing mint whiskey cocktail — is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Naturally, one should offer guests the potent concoction at a watching party. This classic recipe features a mint-infused simple syrup so don't wait until the last minute to make it.
Traditionally mint juleps are served in special silver glasses, but they're equally delicious in any festive glass. For the mint julep recipe,
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Silver Julep Cups
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.
Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of whiskey. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
- Drinks, Cocktails