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Mint Julep

U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky popularized the cocktail (with bourbon) at the Round Robin Bar in the Willard Hotel of Washington, D.C in the 1830s. In 1938 the Mint Julep became the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, and Churchill Downs now produces over 120,000 Mint Juleps every Derby weekend.

Recipe

10-12 mint leaves
2.5 oz bourbon
0.5 oz Demerara Syrup
crushed ice
Garnish: mint bouquet
Prep: Coat inside of tin with mint oils. Fill tin with crushed ice. Build ingredients over ice and stir to incorporate. Top with crushed ice and garnish with ‘woke up’ mint.