Every bourbon is a whiskey but not every whiskey is a bourbon.
In May, I dust off the bourbon decanter and prep my bar for the inaugural bourbon beverage of the Kentucky Derby. Nothing beats the unmistakable flavor of an ice-cold mint julep on a warm Spring day watching the ponies run.
The Mint Julep is one of those classic cocktails you should definitely learn to whip up for guests as well as the proper practices that go into making it.
While the Mint Julep is one of the easier 4 ingredient cocktails, the variances of flavor depend on the quality of your ingredients that you put into it, and for this year’s Kentucky Derby party, we decided to use only the best.
The Perfect Mint Julep Recipe
2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon (I used Four Roses Yellow Label)
1 ounce simple syrup (two parts sugar and one part water dissolved over heat)
3 sprigs of Kentucky Colonel mint (difficult to find in stores, but peppermint is always a good alternative) and more for garnish
Practice makes perfect as I always say, so invite your friends over and test out your cocktail skills with them, I don’t think I know anyone who would say no to a day filled with bourbon.