The classic mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink or a cocktail that consists primarily of bourbon, water, crushed or shaved ice and fresh mint. Since this is a bourbon-based cocktail, it is most associated with the American South and pairs well with foods from the Southern United States, and it is a very popular drink at the Kentucky Derby.
- 10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for each glass for garnish
- 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
- Seltzer water
- Crushed Ice
- 2 1/2 ounces Sparkling Apple Cider (or Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey)
- Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a Highball Glass and top with the sugar. Muddle these two ingredients together until the leaves start to break down in half. Add a splash of seltzer water, then fill the glass 3/4 full with crush ice, add the sparkling apple cider. Top with another splash of the seltzer, stir and then garnish with a sprig of mint.