Mom’s Mint Julep

This recipe is from Chris Zaborowski, co-owner of Westport Whiskey and Wine in Louisville, and uses Old Forester, as of 2015 the Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby. You can buy premixed Old Forester Mint Julep, but the best juleps are built with straight bourbon.

Mom’s Mint Julep

  • 1 part simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 parts good bourbon (she always used Old Forester)
  • 4 sprigs of mint or ½ cup mint leaves
  • Serve over finely crushed ice & gently stir until glass frosts

Mom’s Simple Syrup

Prepare syrup several hours prior to using

  • 1 cup cold water
  • Optional include 1 oz good bourbon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 or more sprigs of fresh mint
  • Combine water and sugar
  • Boil 5 minutes at soft boil on candy thermometer
  • Add mint leaves, remove from heat and let brew for at least 12 hours
  • Strain into pitcher
  • Makes about 5-6 juleps

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