Cocktail of the Week: Mint Julep

By Food & Wine

When New Orleans bartender Chris McMillian mixes mint juleps at Bar UnCommon, he recites an ode, written in the 1890s by a Kentucky newspaperman, that calls the cocktail "the zenith of man's pleasure...the very dream of drinks." Brilliant Classic Cocktails

© Wendell T. Webber Mint Julep
8 mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
2 ounces bourbon, preferably overproof
Crushed ice

1. In a chilled julep cup or fizz glass, muddle the mint leaves and Simple Syrup. Add the bourbon and crushed ice. Set a swizzle stick or bar spoon in the cup and spin between your hands to mix. Top with additional crushed ice and garnish with the mint sprigs.

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