Delicious Derby Day Double Mint Julep

Delicious Derby Day Double Mint Julep

Adding fresh mint to your simple syrup is a great way to save the flavor of your herb garden
Prep Time2 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Bourbon, Cocktail, Fresh, Mint
Yield: 1

Materials

For Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves

For the Mint Julep

  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 oz bourbon
  • ½ oz Fresh Mint Simple Syrup
  • 3 dashes bitters we use angostura, but any aromatic bitters will do
  • 1-2 mint sprigs to garnish
  • crushed ice

Instructions

For the Mint Simple Syrup

  • Bring water and sugar to just barely a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add mint leaves, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook—without stirring—for about 10 minutes, or just until the mixture is slightly reduced.
  • Remove from heat and let steep until cooled to room temperature. Discard mint leaves. Store in a covered glass jar. If refrigerated, may be used for up to six months.

Double Mint Juleps

  • Place mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup and muddle gently to extract the oils.
  • Fill the cup three-quarters with crushed ice. Add the bourbon and fresh mint simple syrup. Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.
  • Mound more crushed ice on top to form an ice dome, and garnish with a dash of bitters and mint sprigs. Serve with a straw for sipping and stirring.
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