The Mint Julep is a classic cocktail originating from the south in the 1700s. It originally used to settle an upset stomach, but now is used primarily to cool off and relax on a hot day. Historically, there are many variations, including ones with gin! But today we are going to discus the most common, the bourbon variant. No matter how you use it, this drink will leave you feeling cool and refreshed.
- 8 mint leaves
- 2oz of bourbon
- crushed ice
- .5oz of simple syrup (or 1.5 tbs of sugar!)
- seltzer water
First off, muddle the mint and sugar (or syrup) in a Julep glass. A high ball glass can be used as a substitute. then add bourbon and fill 3/4 of the glass with crushed ice and stir until glass is frosted. Add a splash of seltzer water and pack more ice in to create a dome. Then sit back and enjoy!
Its easy to see why this cocktail began its life in the south. There is nothing like relaxing in the southern sun and enjoying a cold drink! Let us know what your favorite drink to cool off with is, and as always, stay buzzed friends