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The Mint Julep Isn’t Just for the Kentucky Derby

May 30, 2014 By: Mary-Kate Dunphy

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It’s also great for summer sipping!

As many may know, the mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby and with the Derby coming to a close a mere few weeks ago, the mint julep continues its reign with today being National Mint Julep Day.

The mint julep is a combination between mint, sugar, crushed ice and bourbon as the spirit of choice for this particular cocktail.

The preparation of the mint julep is essential to creating the refreshing flavor that is so wildly consumed throughout the country. The first step in concocting the cocktail is essential; one must muddle the mint leaves in order to get the correct amount of oils that provides the cool minty taste. After adding the crushed ice, next comes the sugar and then the spirit; by adding more crushed ice to the top, it gives more leeway to garnish properly – lightly tapping the mint spring – in order to enhance the cocktail’s presentation. Thereafter, you will have created the perfect mint julep to satisfy your customers’ thirsts on National Mint Julep Day and all summer long. 


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