It’s Mint Julep Month, and our friends at Garden and Gun, Maker’s Mark, and Bourbon Country have teamed up with four of the South’s top bartenders—Kellie Thorn of Atlanta, Matt Lofink of New Orleans, Ryan Casey of Charleston, and Stacie Stewart of Louisville—to share their creative twists on the classic bourbon cocktail (recipe below). With names like Nature’s Sweet Restorer, Sallie Gardner, The Fourth Turn, and A Study in Pink, these inventive and delicious julep recipes are sure to add a fun and festive twist to any Kentucky Derby party.
The Classic Mint Julep
Ingredients (for one drink)
8 mint leaves and 1 mint sprig
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
Place the fresh mint leaves and simple syrup in a highball glass or julep cup. Gently press the leaves against the cup with the back of a spoon to release its flavors. Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside. Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome, garnish with a mint sprig, and serve immediately with a pretty paper straw.
You can also click here to find a restaurant or bar in your city that’s serving a specialty julep this month.
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