Needless to say every year Cinco De Mayo falls on the same day but this
year May 5th is also the Kentucky Derby. I am a strong believer that when is a Margarita not a good time? They are guaranteed fun. My feelings are not as strong towards the Mint Julep, until recently. I am not a big fan of Bourbon. Although, upon doing some research for the Mint Juleps and how to make a great one- my feelings have changed.
What I learned. It is ALL about the ICE and how the bourbon is poured. To make the perfect Mint Julep
1/3 Cup of Mint
1-2 Tablespoons of Simple Syrup
3 ounces of Bourbon
2 Cups of Crushed/Shaved Ice
In the base of a cup preferably a metal cup muddle the mint with the simple syrup. (It was explained to me the best way is to make a mint infused Simple Syrup which can be made with the same simple syrup recipe by adding a bunch of Mint once the sugar has dissolved let simmer for 5 minutes and then let stand for 15-20 minutes and then strain mint from syrup and refrigerate.) Now, the tedious part, the ice needs to be crushed or shaved and add a little ice, then a little bourbon and continue this process all the way to the top of the. About 3 to 4 times and finish off with a sprif of mint and straw. The straw allows you to taste all the different flavors from the top the bottom.
It is ideally served in a metal cup