We're celebrating the Kentucky Derby with a mint julep and Pure & Clear™ cocktail ice.
Though none of us are avid horse racing fans, we couldn’t let the Kentucky Derby pass without partaking in the celebrations. Naturally, this means being basic and making a good ol’ Mint Julep.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Highball or lowball glass, chilled
- 8-10 mint leaves, whole or roughly chopped
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces Kentucky bourbon (i.e. Four Roses, Elijah Craig, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, etc)
- Pure & Clear™ shards, crushed
- Soda water, optional
- Angostura bitters, optional
- Mint spring for garnish
- Ziploc or Stasher bag
- Something dense from your utensil drawer (meat cleaver, citrus juicer, hammer, etc.)
And here’s what you’ll do:
- Chilling your glass ahead of time is totally optional. We didn’t do it, but if you live in a place where it’s hot or humid all the time, it may be a good idea.
- First, grab your mint leaves and add them in your glass.
- Next, add the simple syrup. You’ll then want to muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup together.
- Once you’ve muddled to your heart’s content, add in the 2 ounces of bourbon. Does it have to be from Kentucky? No, but according to Wikipedia, it can’t be labeled as “bourbon” unless it’s from the state of Kentucky. Who knew?
- Now, this drink is typically served with crushed ice. Because our ice is so dense, you’ll have to break out your kitchen tools. First, place two or three Pure & Clear™ shards in a bag (Ziploc or Stasher). Then, grab your kitchen weapon of choice (we used the back of a citrus juicer), and crush the ice until it’s as small as you like.
- Once you’re done getting your anger out, add the ice to your glass. Stir until the drink is well mixed and your glass gets frosty.
- Optional: add a few drops of Angostura bitters or be a rebel and top the remainder of the glass off with soda water.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and you’re golden! Happy race day!