Whiskey Wednesday: Mint Julep Recipe

  The mint julep is a beloved southern tradition linked most famously to the Kentucky Derby. It may be too late for partaking of Derby fun, but with that race's winner and local champ California Chrome now competing for a Triple Crown, we at THREAD are still eager to beat the heat with this undeniable (and easy!) summer classic. This recipe yields two servings. Multiply or divide according to your needs, experiment, and modify to your taste.

 

The mint julep is a beloved southern tradition linked most famously to the Kentucky Derby. It may be too late for partaking of Derby fun, but with that race's winner and local champ California Chrome now competing for a Triple Crown, we at THREAD are still eager to beat the heat with this undeniable (and easy!) summer classic. This recipe yields two servings. Multiply or divide according to your needs, experiment, and modify to your taste.

Ingredients 

6 ounces Bourbon whiskey
2 level teaspoons sugar 
fresh spearmint
crushed ice

Instructions

Place between 20 and 40 mint leaves (or a 4-6 sprigs) in a pint glass or martini shaker. Sprinkle sugar over it, pour in Bourbon, and muddle. Stir a bit to incorporate sugar and Bourbon. 

Let sit for at least 15 minutes (this would be an ideal time to go off and have a barbecue). 

Add ice to mixture and shake (optional). 

Fill two Old Fashioned glasses with finely crushed ice and strain mixture into glasses. Optionally, top it off with a splash of club soda.

Add a short straw and garnish with a nice mint sprig. 
 

Enjoy!