This is the classic Kentucky recipe for Mint Julep made with bourbon whiskey. Recipes from other states in the southern
United States call for rum or Cognac. A Mint Julep looks very cool and appetizing, and it is, but it is also a very strong drink, so do not be misled by its appearance into thinking it is like a light punch.
6 small fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon castor sugar
1 teaspoon cold water
8 fl. oz. shaved ice
4 fl. oz. bourbon whiskey
2 lemon slices
1 fresh mint sprig
½ teaspoon icing sugar
Put the mint leaves on the bottom of a large glass or silver mint-julep mug. Add the castor sugar and water. With a bar muddler, crush the mint leaves until they are well bruised. Keep pounding and stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Fill the glass with the shaved ice and pour in the bourbon. With a long handled spoon, mix the bourbon and the ice together.
Dry the outside of the glass and place it in the coldest part of the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour. The glass should be thoroughly frosted and the ice inside should be almost solid.
Remove the glass from the refrigerator using a napkin or kitchen paper towel- this will prevent finger marks from forming on the frost.
Garnish the drink with the lemon slices and plant the mint sprig in the ice. Sprinkle the mint with the icing sugar and serve with a straw.