Cocktail Classics: The Mint Julep

The Basics. Fresh Mint By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick A Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials Pastry Chef TV Cooking Personality Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Modern Southern Socials Game Day Tailgating & Entertaining Food Stylist WriterCocktail Classics

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The Mint Julep

The official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, the mint julep carries with it a colorful history. It’s been a favorite cocktail of notable presidents such as Teddy Roosevelt & writers from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald with each having particular specifications in which they preferred to take them. If classic is more your style, look to The Essential Kentucky Derby Entertaining Primer for instructions on how to make a Traditional Mint Julep. While Roosevelt preferred his with a splash of brandy & rye whiskey there are countless ways this refreshing combination of flavors can be crafted although an heirloom silver julep cup is a non negotiable in my book. When the crushed ice is added to the cup, it works to frost the sides keeping it well chilled & refreshing. Many bartenders choose to prepare them with a simple syrup as opposed to muddling the mint leaves with a cube of sugar. Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup adds just the right balance to give this Kentucky Derby favorite a lovely update without straying from the original combination too much.

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makes 1 serving

Heirloom silver mint julep cup
Crushed ice
3 oz Kentucky bourbon
1 oz Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup
Garnish: Fresh mint sprigs

 Fill a 12-oz julep cup just below the rim with crushed ice. Stir together the bourbon & the Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup; pour the mixture over the ice in the cup. Top with additional ice. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs. 

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makes about 1 cup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water 
1/3 cup packed fresh mint leaves, bruised
The rind from a lemon
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Bring the water & the sugar to a boil of Medium-High heat, stirring occasionally. Cook the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat & add the mint & the lemon rind. Let stand 10 minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine wire mesh sieve & discard the solids. Stir in the lemon juice. Chill 1 hour.

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How To Clean, Store & Garnish With Fresh Mint

Although it can be found in markets all throughout the year, mint is at its peak in the spring & summer. There are many varieties available but more than likely spearmint is the most common that can be found from the produce department. When choosing mint, look for a bright, compact bouquet at the tip of each stem with blemish free leaves. If they are washed & stored properly, they can be used in recipes & as garnishes for up to a week. 

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The Technique

More compact mint varieties, will need extra attention in order to remove any dirt or grit as it tends to cling to the tiny crevasses within the leaves. Remove the mint from the package if purchased or snip several stems. Fill a drinking glass with cool water & invert the sprig portion into the water swirling it around a bit. The agitation will release the particles into the water. Rinse & repeat the process several times until the water is clean. For more tender varieties, simply rinse under the running faucet. Gently shake the additional moisture from them over the kitchen sink. Snip the ends with scissors & place the mint bouquet stem side down in the glass. Leave it at room temperature until you are ready to prepare recipes or desserts for presentation. If long term storing is necessary, it’s important to cover the leaves. When exposed to the chill of an icebox, they will wilt & deteriorate rapidly. After rinsing the stems & shaking the excess moisture away, roll them loosely in a paper towel & place it in a zip top bag. Refrigerate until needed. Use the leaves for recipe preparation & save the sprigs to make eye-catching dessert & cocktail presentations. Just be certain that when choosing them, they are scale to the item in which you are garnishing. Generally, ultra small ones will not look as pleasing as those with several sets of leaves farther down the stem. If the minty bouquets are too compact, gently fold back the leaves to create a more open, airy feel that looks more appealing. 

The Tune
“One Mint Julep” Ray Charles

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