The Mint Julep is as much a part of Kentucky and "The Derby" as the horses themselves. Enjoyed in the United States for more than 250 years, this iconic smash cocktail was considered a digestif as mint was thought to calm stomachs. Classically prepared with just four ingredients, bourbon, fresh mint, sugar and crushed ice, we've raised the recipe stakes by omitting the sugar and sweetening the drink with with our Freshly Minted Rose jam giving it a floral note in homage to the "Run for the Roses."
8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves, plus a sprig for garnishing
1 - 1 1/2 Teaspoons Freshly Minted Rose Jam
2 1/2 Ounces Your favorite Bourbon
In a large old-fashioned or tall collins glass place the mint leaves and spoonful of jam. Muddle together until the leaves break down and release their oils and aroma. Add a splash of club soda and stir. Fill glass 3/4 full with crushed ice then add bourbon. Top with another splash of club soda, stir and garnish with mint sprig. Enjoy immediately.
Want to mix up juleps for a crowd? Increase the quantities based on guests or consider trying our Sleepy Peat Julep Punch with a smoky scotch variation.
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