"The traditional Derby Day cocktail crafted from bourbon, simple syrup and mint. The Mint Julep has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. "
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
Sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
Simple Syrup: Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool, then pour into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid. Simple syrup will keep, refrigerated, for about one month.
Mint Julep: Place the julep cups in the freezer for at least an hour. Lightly muddle the mint leaves in the simple syrup. Add the bourbon then pack the glass tightly with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.