I even prepared a recipe for Derby pie bars (which I believe is actually just pecan-chocolate pie). So let's just say I'm testing each individual piece so one day I can throw the best Derby party in the land, complete with giant hat. And matching shoes.
Simple syrup is called that for a reason, equal parts sugar and water are boiled together and then infused with whatever flavor you desire, in this case--mint! The julep itself is a combination of bourbon (mmmm), simple syrup and ice. I'm not sure why it has to be crushed ice, I'm sure there's a history lesson in there. But it's crushed. It's cold. It has a special glass. I do not have special glasses for juleps so Moscow Mule mugs will have to do.
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- Mint leaves
- In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and add the mint, at least a dozen leaves but more if you want a stronger flavor.
- Allow the mixture to cool with the mint. Strain into a jar and discard the mint.
- Store the syrup in the fridge a day ahead of time.
- Mint simple syrup
- Crushed ice
- Chilled glasses
- In a cold glass, add enough crushed ice to almost fill the mug. Add several mint leaves and crush together to release some minty flavor.
- Add 1 ounce of simple syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon. If you prefer a sweeter taste, add more syrup. Don't worry too much about the amounts, focus more on the ratio.
- As the ice melts, you'll get more liquid in the drink but you can add water if you prefer.
- Sip and enjoy!