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The Secret to Making a Perfect Mint Julep

May 3, 2014

The Secret to Making a Perfect Mint Julep

May 3, 2014

First sipped in Virginia but best known as the Kentucky Derby’s libation of choice, the origin of this bourbon beverage is as muddled as the mint leaves at its base. One thing both states can agree on? Using crushed ice makes this American classic a sure bet.

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1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon water
8 fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1 cup crushed ice
2 2/3 ounces (1/3 cup) bourbon

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1. Stir together sugar and water in a mint julep cup (or 8-ounce glass) until sugar dissolves. Add mint, and muddle gently using a muddler or a wooden spoon. Fill with crushed ice, and add bourbon. Stir until outside of cup is frosted. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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