Mint Julep Cocktail
3 oz bourbon whiskey
1/2 oz simple syrup
10 spearmint leaves
1/2 to 1 oz tonic water or sparkling mineral water
Muddle lightly and stir to blend.
The key here is lightly – if you bust up the mint leaves, they’ll release bitter chlorophyll. The flavor you want is actually in the little fibers that coat the leaves.
Add an ice cube and let it steep in a cool place for five minutes.
Fill an Old Fashioned glass or Julep cup about two-thirds of the way up with crushed ice.
Gently strain the infused whiskey and sugar over the crushed ice – don’t shake too much.
If you prefer it gentler, top with the mineral water.
Stir to blend and garnish with a mint sprig that’s been lightly slapped against the rim of the glass to release its aromatic oils.