Looks good, right?
Gather your bourbon and mint and get ready!
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
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
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
Add 12 mint leaves, or a few more depending on the leaf size.
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 the drink into the iced julep cup.
Top it off
Add a crown of ice to the top.
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.
Slip a short straw beside the mint for sipping.