No Kentucky Derby party is complete without the perfect mint julep, so to get the party started properly Bulleit Bourbon brought Master Mixologist Dale Degroff to COED Int’l HQ to demonstrate how to make the best modern-day Mint Julep. Check out how it’s done–and we’ve included the basic recipe and mixing steps for you below…
You’ll have to keep revisiting that video to pick up all of the interesting history and party tricks from Dale Degroff. The man really knows his cocktails. This recipe is still enough to get you started at celebrating the Kentucky Derby in style….
- 1.3 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- .07 oz. Simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar
- 4 mint leaves and a sprig of Mint (use tender , young sprigs–last longer and look better)
Prepare some very cold very dry powdered ice with chunks of ice and a canvas ice bag. Bruise the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with sugar syrup. Add ice to the three quarter mark and half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon and continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.
And what does it look like when you make a perfect Mint Julep? Just like this, right down to repeating ad infinitum–or as close as you can manage…