Triple Crown Cocktails: Mint Julep

Created by Louisville’s Tom Bullock, the first African-American author of a cocktail book, The Ideal Bartender in 1917, the Mint Julep skyrocketed in popularity after the end of Prohibition and became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938. Since then, it’s become as synonymous with the Derby and Churchill Downs.

¼ oz simple syrup
8 fresh mint leaves
2 oz bourbon
1 fresh mint sprig, for garnish

In a Julep cup, lightly muddle the syrup and mint. Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside. Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a mint sprig.

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