The Mint Julep is widely known as the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby and the classic American South, dating all the way back to the 1930s and beyond. Its historical roots are said to go back to the eighteenth century, where it originated in the southern United States as a health drink for various ailments. It would be a while before America would realize cocktails were best used for fun and not for medicine.
Though you can’t blame them. Your typical Mint Julep is a cool and highly refreshing cocktail with just a little spice to help you forget your troubles. Best of all, the Mint Julep is quite easy to make, requiring only a few, easily found ingredients and spirits. You could order it from any cocktail bar in Dallas so long as they have a supply of fresh mint.
We believe the Mint Julep is worthy of enjoying more than just one time a year or only in Kentucku. In the rolling hills where mint is easily grown, it’s a crime not to mix a Mint Julip once in a while. Muddling mint leaves with sugar unleashes the delightful essential oils that offer such wonderful aromas and flavors, which complete our Batchers’ Straight Bourbon quite nicely.
So, whether you’re wanting to try something new or improve your cocktail repertoire don’t forget to try this classic cocktail. There are many variations of the Mint Julip and here’s ours for you to sip all year round!
- 10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- 2.0 oz. Litchfield Distillery Batchers’ Straight Bourbon
- .75 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
- Crushed ice
Directions: Middle simple and mint leaves, add bourbon, fill with crushed ice and garnish with bouquet of mint.
- Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a julep or highball glass with simple syrup until mint leaves break down.
- Add Batchers’ Straight Bourbon and fill glass with crushed ice. Stir.
- Garnish with sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
If you want a tutorial, just watch this video featuring our Brand Ambassador, Dimitrios Zahariadis who recently appeared on WFSB’s Better Connecticut!