The drink forever associated with the Kentucky Derby probably made its way there from the farms of Virginia, where a similar drink was a favorite way for farmers to start the day. But ever since bourbon and mint met a silver cup, a Mint Julep has been an integral part of a day at the races.
Source: Big American Cookbook
For the syrup, bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the mint and stir. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and cool completely before using.
For the julep, in a shaker, muddle the bourbon, syrup, and the mint leaves. Add crushed ice and shake. Fill a rocks glass with more crushed ice and strain the liquid into the glass. Garnish with the mint sprig.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (817g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 7 (4%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0.8g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.2g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.4g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 55865.2mg||1926 %|
|Potassium 534.5mg||14 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 9.6g||3 %|
|Dietary Fiber 7.7g||31 %|
|Sugars, other 1.8g|
|Protein 3.7g||5 %|
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Calories per serving: 181
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