2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz Simple Syrup
4-5 Mint Leaves
Tear and place mint leaves in the bottom of a chilled julep glass. Add the bourbon and simple syrup. Fill the glass about 1/3 full with crushed ice and stir slowly. Fill the glass with ice until it comes over the rim, resembling a snow cone. The glass will become frosty. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Makes 1 cocktail.
The word julep comes form the Arabic words "julab" and "Golab", which mean rose water. This early version was in fact a medicinal beverage.
Once the drink make its way to the Mediterranean, mint was added to the mix, and by the 1400s, a non-alcoholic version was being served in England.
In the 1700s, rum, gin, whisky, and brandy started making an appearance in juleps, but it was in Kentucky and Virginia that the bourbon version was born. This is the version that soon became the American South's drink of choice.
Due to both the popularity of the cocktail, and the favorite pastime of horse racing, the mint julep became Churchill Down's signature drink in 1938 - when they only charged .75 cents a pop!
Today the Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 juleps over the course of the two day event. Hmmm... I wonder how many we can serve over the patio season in Burlington?