May 30 is National Mint Julep Day. This drink was introduced at the Kentucky Derby in the 1930s and since then it has become the event’s official drink. Mint julep is the best refreshing summer drink, made of water, sugar, Bourbon and spearmint. It’s similar to Mojito, but rum was replaced by Bourbon.
Bartenders have their own trick to enhance the flavour- bruise the mint leaves a little before you add other ingredients, then you’ll have a flavorful drink.
The drink can be made easily at home, and can even be adapted so that it doesn’t contain alcohol. Shake 65ml of bourbon in a glass with 10 mint leaves, 12.5ml of sugar syrup and plenty of crushed ice. Garnish your drink with a sprig of mint. Or if you are feeling adventurous and fancy something a bit more exotic, there are all kinds of fruity amendments that can be made to the recipe.
Whatever your tipple, invite your friends over for a party with homemade mint julep. Enjoy this unique drink even when Kentucky Derby is over. The refreshing taste of mint julep is perfect for any hot summer day.