Mint Julep
© Wendell T. Webber

Mint Julep

  • SERVINGS: makes 1 drink

When New Orleans bartender Chris McMillian mixes mint juleps at Bar UnCommon, he recites an ode, written in the 1890s by a Kentucky newspaperman, that calls the cocktail "the zenith of man's pleasure…the very dream of drinks."

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  1. 8 mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish
  2. 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  3. 2 ounces bourbon, preferably overproof
  4. Crushed ice
  1. In a chilled julep cup or fizz glass, muddle the mint leaves and Simple Syrup. Add the bourbon and crushed ice. Set a swizzle stick or bar spoon in the cup and spin between your hands to mix. Top with additional crushed ice and garnish with the mint sprigs.