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anyone have a "drinkable" mint julep?

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johnm13

looking for a good mint julep as close to traditional as possible.

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camduncan

If you're looking for one for Derby Day, it doesn't get much closer than this:

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/experience/traditions/mint-julep2

But this is my all time favourite. I make it up in bulk so I can enjoy them whenever, or share with a large number of people without having to spend an hour behind the bar when entertaining:

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Harry in WashDC

What Cam said.

If you don't have time to make your minted simple syrup, here's a recipe my wife found in the April 2005 Bon Appetit magazine and modified a little.

Crush about 4 cups of ice. Put some in a metal cup or glass that holds about 10-12 OZ. Pack it and mound it. We use double Old Fashioned glasses.

In a mixing glass without ice, bruise (that is, don't smash to bits) 8 good-sized fresh mint leaves and stir them with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and 2 OZ of good bourbon (BIB or higher proof preferred by us to counter the ice effect over time) until the sugar is dissolved (it takes awhile but helps blend all the flavors).

Strain the mixture over the ice. Garnish with a mint sprig (the little leaves at the top work fine). Serve with a straw.

As Cam stated, it's best to make a batch of the mint/sugar/bourbon ahead of time and let it sit then measure some out as needed and as ice gets crushed. This also allows the maker to decide how much bourbon to put in the ice.

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Tony

Thanks for that Cam, wish I would have watched this a couple days ago, will bookmark for next year.

Best regards, Tony

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Tony

Meant to add- always enjoy watching this -

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Tucker
Meant to add- always enjoy watching this -

At the other end of the spectrum, this is always good for a laugh...

"Don't forget to add your Sprite."

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scubadoo97

Thanks Cam. The MM recipes appears good and not overly sweet

Enjoyed meeting you at JB last week

Cheers

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MyOldKyDram

This is as close as I'll get to a Julep today.

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Old Dusty
looking for a good mint julep.

You said "drinkable" so here you go:

In a rocks glass,

Pour 2oz. barrel proof bourbon of your choice

Over 1 large ice cube or sphere

Vigorously wave a fresh mint sprig near the glass

Throw a pinch of raw sugar over your shoulder

Enjoy!

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Yeti

Best recipe ever.

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Restaurant man
You said "drinkable" so here you go:

In a rocks glass,

Pour 2oz. barrel proof bourbon of your choice

Over 1 large ice cube or sphere

Vigorously wave a fresh mint sprig near the glass

Throw a pinch of raw sugar over your shoulder

Enjoy!

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JimmyLikesRye
Meant to add- always enjoy watching this -

Wow; a cocktail bard! Who knew?

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Old Dusty
Should you spank the mint before waving?

That's what the pros do.

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imbibehour

This one I made 3 years ago that I try to repeat at least every year never fails. In all fairness though I have to give props to Chris McMillian..

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kjbeggs

Well, my mother gave me a few sprigs of mint from her flower bed. I took 'em home and replanted them.

i go out and smell them right before sipping a neat glass of bourbon...

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Alphanumeric
Should you spank the mint before waving?

Is that a euphemism?

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trufunk

Ordered a mint julep at Mary Mac this weekend. ..never had one before not sure it was anything special tasted like watered down burbon with a sprig of mint. This was the first mint julep i have ever ordered.

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