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
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
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.