Picture yourself in the summer of ’38, watching your lucky horse in the sweltering heat of another Kentucky Summer. What could be more refreshing than a cool pewter tumbler of fresh mint, simple syrup, and bourbon?
Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a short glass or julep cup, pour the simple syrup over it, and muddle very gently – you’re trying to bruise the leaves, rather than smash them into pieces. Pour the bourbon on top, stir it around, and top with lots of crushed ice and a handful of mint tucked into the side of the glass. You don’t need a fancy machine for the crushed ice – just wrap some ice cubes in a clean dishtowel and beat the stuffing out of it on your countertop or any hard, clean surface.