This version of the classic three-ingredient cocktail—which combines three parts bourbon to one part of a simple syrup bracingly infused with fresh spearmint—is sanctioned by the Kentucky Derby itself as their official mint julep recipe.
The Thousand-Dollar Mint Julep
This Kentucky Derby-sanctioned version of the classic mint julep cocktail combines three parts bourbon to one part mint simple syrup.
makes one cocktail
3 oz. bourbon, like Woodford Reserve
2 tbsp. mint simple syrup
1 sprig mint, for garnish
Fill a glass or julep cup with crushed ice. Add bourbon and mint syrup; stir gently until the glass is thoroughly chilled. Garnish with mint sprig.