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The Mint Julep dates back all the way to the 1700’s, possibly even further. It was believed alchemists made julep concoctions to cure common ailments. It was in the 1800’s when the drink started to shape to what we know it as today – Bourbon, mint, sugar & crushed ice.
Place pewter mug in the fridge to get nice & cold (If you don’t have a pewter mug, a large tumbler is best to use)
Place mint leaves and sugar syrup in the bottom of the mug and press lightly to release the oils from the mint leaves
Pour in Maker’s Mark & fill ¾ of the mug with crushed ice
Gently stir through until it is well diluted and the mug has frosted up
Finish with more crushed ice on top & poke a hole through the middle of the drink with a straw so you can sit a large sprig of mint in the middle
Finish with 2 straws cut to sit only 2cm above the rim – sip away and enjoy the aromas of the Classic Kentucky Mint Julep.
*To make sugar syrup it is equal parts white sugar and water. Just simmer on the stove in a pan until it is dissolved. Store in the fridge.
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