By Mixology Events
Fresh mint mixed with sugar syrup and rich caramel-y bourbon, served long over crushed ice, the Mint Julep is great all year round. Whether you want a refreshing summer slushie or a warming winter whiskey drink, the Mint Julep is a great addition to any cocktail menu.
Bourbon, Mint, Sugar Syrup, Crushed Ice.
The Mint Julep is a whiskey classic, this refreshing bourbon-based cocktail has been delighting drinkers for at least a hundred years.
Famously synonymous with the Kentucky Derby, a big horse race in Kentucky, the home of bourbon, this cocktail may only be 3 ingredients but each plays its part, working together harmoniously to create a delicious and moreish cocktail.
For those who are keen to create a whiskey themed menu, the Mint Julep is a must – mild and drinkable enough to satisfy even the most fervent whiskey haters, whilst retaining enough of the warm, maple sweetness of the bourbon to keep any grain enthusiast happy.
Some great whiskey drinks to serve alongside the Mint Julep include the classic Old Fashioned; a pared down mixture of whiskey, brown sugar and bitters, or for those who prefer a longer, low ABV cocktail, there’s the Eclipse Cooler; a fruity, bourbon-based concoction consisting of fresh raspberries, raspberry liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice.
As the Mint Julep is a built drink it is quick and easy for your bartenders to make, leaving space for more complex cocktails on your menu. This makes it a great option for those including slow-serving, stirred drinks or complicated tiki cocktails.
The Mint Julep is served over crushed ice and you may want to include some other crushed-ice cocktails on your bar hire, some firm favourites include the Bramble; a simple celebration of British flavours featuring gin, lemon, blackberry liqueur and blackberries, or the Mai Tai; a rum-classic comprised of blended rum, orange liqueur, lime juice and almond syrup.
If you’re interested in featuring a mint julep as part of your cocktail menu and want to know what other drinks might go well alongside it be sure to speak to your event organiser, or check out some other whiskey-based, classic and julep-style cocktails from our list.
The origin of the Julep is based around the Middle Eastern culture of infusing mint and sugars to soften spirits. They also added fresh fruits to add to the flavour.
The Mint Julep is a semi-sweet cocktail served over cracked ice, churned and muddled with mint. It has fresh, herbaceous qualities and some dark, dried fruit flavours from the American whiskey, but take them seriously – it packs a punch as it is essentially whiskey over cracked ice with some added extras.
Let it dilute slowly to get the best out of it. The julep is probably originally a drink that was used as a vehicle for medicine, and has written references to curing ‘sickness in the stomach’.
Myths & Legends
The mint julep is now best known for being the cocktail at the Kentucky Derby and is now the ‘official’ cocktail on Derby Day and sells over 100,000 on that day alone.
The cocktail originated as a drink of the aristocracy, who could afford the ice and silver cups.
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Ingredients & Equipment
- 50ml Bourbon
- 20ml Sugar Syrup
- 8-10 Mint Leaves
- Mint Sprig to Garnish
- Crushed Ice
- Bar Spoon
- Julep Tin
- Bar Napkin
- Take your julep tin
- Strip a large handful of mint leaves from their stems
- Give the mint one hard clap between the palms of your hands to release the oils and awaken the flavours
- Add the mint to your tin
- Using your jigger to measure, add the bourbon and sugar syrup to the tin
- Fill the tin with crushed ice
- Using your bar spoon, churn the drink, making sure to scoop all the mint and ingredients up from the bottom of the glass to combine them
- Stir for 10-12 seconds or until some of the crushed ice has melted and the wash level of the drink has gone down a little
- Top with a pile of crushed ice and use your hand to form it into a dome
- Garnish with a mint sprig and a straw
- Fold your bar napkin in half diagonally and wet the outside corners
- Stick the wet napkin corners to the outside of the tin to give your cocktail a jacket
- Serve and enjoy!
LEARN TO MAKE
Fancy learning some of the core techniques that go into making the perfect Mint Julep? Join us on one of our range of cocktail making masterclasses.
We’re strong advocates of experience and it’s crucial role to picking up and applying knowledge. That’s why we deliver each of our range of cocktail making classes in as interactive a fashion as possible – providing a fully-equipped bar station for each of our guests, in turn giving them a great opportunity to really get to grips with the professional-standard equipment and ingredients at hand. On top of this, the fact that there will never be more than 5 guests to any one bar limits the time spent standing around as much as possible, meaning nobody’s experience is compromised.
The open-to-the-public variety of our cocktail making classes run every Friday and Saturday at our sister company and permanent home on Shoreditch’s Kingsland Road, TT Liquor, which houses a range of fully-equipped cocktail making studios. Please click the link below to be directed to their website where you will be able to browse a full calendar of dates and purchase redeemable vouchers.
We also offer the option of taking things private if you’re part of a group of 6 or more aspiring mixologists. Our mobile cocktail class service allows us to take our portable bars on the road with us to any location across London, the UK and beyond. We have over a decade of experience and in that time we’ve held classes half way up the Shard, in a client’s back garden, and even as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.
If any of this sounds right up your street, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8003 7982 and one of our dedicated events organisers will happily talk you through some your options, as well as answer any queries you may have about our services.