Gallery: How to Make The Perfect Derby Day Julep

Looks good, right?
Looks good, right?

Gather your bourbon and mint and get ready!

Ice crushing
Ice crushing

Wrap ice in a towel and use a mallet or hammer to crush it. Blenders are an alternative, but don't chip the ice too fine!

Chilling the cup
Chilling the cup

Fill a silver julep cup (8-10 ounces) to the rim with crushed ice. A glass or even a small Boston shaker makes a good stand-in.

Bourbon and Simple Syrup
Bourbon and Simple Syrup

Pour 2.5 ounces of Kentucky bourbon into a glass. Higher proof options like Johnny Drum stand up well to the dilution.

Add 1 ounce simple syrup.

Make it Minty
Make it Minty

Add 12 mint leaves, or a few more depending on the leaf size.

Roll it
Roll it

Top the glass with a shaker and roll in a circular motion without any ice, 15-20 seconds, to wake up the mint without bruising it.

Strain and pour
Strain and pour

Strain the drink into the iced julep cup.

Top it off
Top it off

Add a crown of ice to the top.

The Ultimate Garnish
The Ultimate Garnish

Slap a couple of sprigs of mint on your wrist to release the oils. Sink the stems into the ice and garnish with berries and powdered sugar.

And serve!
And serve!

Slip a short straw beside the mint for sipping.

Looks good, right?
Looks good, right?

Gather your mint, ice, simple syrup, and Johnny Drum (or use any Kentucky straight whiskey.)