Three-ingredient cocktails to make at home

21st April, 2020 by Lauren Eads

3. Mint Julep


Origin: The Mint Julep is today the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, and is synonymous with the American state. However its first incarnation arose out of Virginia, where it was once made with rum and brandy and drunk as a morning kickstarter by farmers.

It later travelled to Kentucky, and transformed into the Bourbon variant, made with sugar and mint and served in a pewter cup, that we now consider to be the classic Mint Julep. US senator Henry Clay is credited with introducing the drink to Washington DC in 1850, while it became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938.

Ingredients: Sugar syrup, handful of mint leaves, Bourbon

Method: To make sugar syrup dissolve 200g sugar in 100ml water over a low heat. Leave to cool, then bottle. It can be stored in the fridge for a week and used in a lot more cocktails during that time. Add sugar syrup (15ml), mint leaves and Bourbon (75ml) to a shaker. Shake and strain into a highball glass over crushed ice.

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