Kentucky Derby 2012: How To Make The Perfect Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby is upon us, which means it's time to make mint juleps.

OH CRAP, WHAT THE HELL GOES IN A MINT JULEP?

Relax, pal. Matt Ufford is here with video of how to make mint juleps and similar delicious whiskey drinks for the Derby. Recipes after the jump!

MINT JULEP:

1. Muddle 3-5 sprigs of mint with simple syrup or sugar (to taste)

2. Add 3 oz. bourbon and crushed ice in layers

3. Garnish with mint

WHISKEY SMASH:

1. Muddle 2-4 pieces lemon, 3-5 sprigs of mint, and simple syrup or sugar to taste

2. Add 2-3 oz. bourbon, stir, and strain (optional)

3. Garnish with mint and/or lemon

OLD FASHIONED:

1. Mix 1/2 oz. simple syrup with 2 dashes bitters OR Muddle 1 sugar cube in a splash of water and 2 dashes bitters

2. Add 2 oz. bourbon (or rye) with ice, stir

3. Garnish with twist of lemon or orange

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