In the late 1700’s, physicians counted the mint julep as another curative in their arsenal, prescribing it for a number of ailments. And while its medicinal effects may be questionable, no one would argue that this delicious cocktail would certainly distract from any aches and pains!
Now famous as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, as well as the cocktail of the South, this iconic drink was traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup. Nowadays, an old-fashioned or highball glass is the popular way to enjoy this refreshing drink.
5 mint sprigs (spearmint for purists)
½ ounce simple syrup
2.5 ounces bourbon
Muddle the mint sprigs in simple syrup to release the oils, then place in the bottom of a glass. Add bourbon, fill the glass with crushed ice and stir.