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Mint Julep | A Southern Cocktail

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In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I present you with this delicious, refreshing, icy cold…Mint Julep Cocktail! Fresh mint, wee bit of sugar, a dose of bourbon and a generous splash of club soda! Stimulating and refreshing!

Mint Juleps are a longtime tradition for Derby goers, read this fun article on how the Mint Julep came to be the drink of the Kentucky Derby.

How to Make a Mint Julep

If desired, place your cocktail glasses in freezer (or your traditional silver cup) 20-30 minutes before serving so they are icy cold.

How Do you Muddle Mint for a Mint Julep

Assemble your drink by adding your mint leaves and your sugar to the cold glass.

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Muddle your mint and your all natural sugar together.

What is muddling you ask? Different from meddling, you actually want someone to muddle for you! 🙂 It’s gently crushing the mint along with sugar using a muddler (or even the end of a rolling pin or thick wooden spoon should work). Just don’t maul it, this article is quite comical about what can happen if you over-muddle your mint.

muddling mint for a cocktail | thefreshcooky

Next pour in a dribble of bourbon, mixing with the minty sugar for a minute, allowing the sugar to dissolve. Pour in a scoop of crushed ice and then pour in the balance of your bourbon.

BAR TIP | No crushed ice? No problem, place ice cubes in a sturdy freezer baggie, I just used the bottom of a cast iron pan and crushed the heck out of it. Or you can place in your blender on the “chop” or “crush” function.

Pouring Bourbon for Cocktail | Mint Julep The Fresh Cooky

Fill the glass with crushed ice and top it off with club soda.

Pouring club soda for mint julep | thefreshcooky.com

Garnish with a few mint leaves and serve with a small stirring stick or or cocktail straw.

If you don’t like a strong julep, simply make it in a taller glass, adding more club soda. It is quite strong in a small glass, though not bad! If you want to be traditional, serve it in a chilled silver cup.

Or perhaps you’d like to try an Irish Mule, my take on an Irish Whiskey?

*This post is for adults 21 and older only, please drink responsibly.

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