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Mint Julep
Mint Julep: One of the oldest cocktails!

Recipe

For 1 person
6 cl bourbon
1 cl simple syrup
5 to 7 mint leaves

How to make

👉 straight to the glass / 🥃 julep cup / 🍸 short drink (7cl) / ⏱️ 4 mn
  1. Directly in a glass, crush the mint in the simple syrup.

  2. Pour in the bourbon then fill the glass with crushed ice.

  3. Stir gently with a mixing spoon.

  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

History

The Mint Julep is a cocktail that dates back at least to the 18th century since there are already writings mentioning mint juleps at that time.

The spirit originally used remains a mystery but some writings from this period mention brandy and rum. When the recipe was published in 1862 in "How to mix drinks" by Jerry Thomas, the latter called for the use of brandy, and offered the Mint Julep in several variations: the Gin Julep, the Whiskey Julep and the Pineapple Julep and the Brandy Julep . Today the Mint Julep is more commonly made with Bourbon.

Since 1938 thanks to Churchill Downs, the Mint Julep has been the flagship drink of the "Kentucky Derby". This is a horse race that takes place in Louisville in the state of Kentucky in the United States. Over 2 days, tens of thousands of juleps were sold.

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