The Mint Julep is the perfect drink for a hot summer day or a fancy occasion, like Kentucky Derby!
The Kentucky Derby is upon us, and it just wouldn’t be the same without a traditional Mint Julep! The refreshing taste and unique combination of mint and bourbon make it a classic favorite. But, in typical Women of Today style, we swapped the sugar with agave to make it a little healthier.
The recipe is simple, but the technique of muddling the mint and agave nectar together is crucial for achieving the perfect balance of sweetness and minty freshness.
WOT is the history of the Mint Julep? In 1939, the Mint Julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. However, reports site that the drink was served all the way back when Churchill Downs had its first Kentucky Derby in 1875. Of course, since the derby is in Kentucky, bourbon is the spirit of choice.
- 6-8 mint sprigs, leaves only
- 1½ tsp agave nectar
- 2½ ounces bourbon whiskey, we used Longbranch
- 1 heaping cup crushed ice
- Mint sprig, for garnish
- In a highball glass, muddle the mint leaves and agave nectar until well combined and the mint is fragrant.
- Add the bourbon and enough crushed ice to fill the glass more than halfway. Then, stir and fold the crushed iced into the bourbon mint mixture using a spoon
- Top with extra ice and give the drink another good stir.
- Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
TIP: If you don’t have crushed ice, use regular ice cubes filled halfway in a zip bag, and using the back of a ladle, give the ice several hits to break up the cubes into smaller pieces.
All photos by Lorianne DeVita