- 15 millilitres mint infused simple syrupequal amounts water and sugar
- crushed ice
- 2 fluid ounce Bourbon Kentucky whiskey
- 6-8 sprigs mint leafs
As an avid James Bond movie fan, I recently re-watched (for the 10th + time perhaps) one of the old classics, “Goldfinger”. To make the story short, Bond, the notorious Martini drinker, in this movie orders and drinks a Mint Julep. Even though I heard of this cocktail before, I actually do not remember having had one. I decided to “google” it and afterwards headed for the bar and started mixing and tasting…and a little later (and a little tipsy) I figured I had a very good combination. Even though, not quite a traditional one, due to the use of Bourbon whiskey instead of traditional Early Times Kentucky whiskey, which I did not have available to me.
- If your bar is stocked with sugar syrup, allow the syrup to get to room temperature before infusing it with the mint leaves.
- Prepare the sugar syrup; allow to cool to room temperature. Add 10 sprigs of mint per cup (250 ml or 8 fl oz) of syrup and store in an airtight container for at least 12 hours.
- With a spoon, alternate the mint leaves and the crushed is into the rock glass. The glass must be “heaped” with the crushed ice.
- Keeping a couple of mint leaves for the garnish on top.
- Pour the mint infused syrup and the Bourbon whiskey over the crushed ice, add more crushed ice to fill the glass and garnish with a remaining sprigs of mint.
- Stir the glass with the stirrer or the straw, this will ensure that the glass is “iced-up” and ready for serving. Adjust sweetness of the drink to your liking and serve immediately.