I’m also going to just go ahead and say that I don’t know much about the Kentucky Derby. Except I know it’s this weekend and it involves horses and it’s like America’s once chance to act like fancy British people with expensive hats.
And there’s your history lesson for the day. It’s probably best that we’re all here for mint juleps since I don’t really know what I’m talking about.
Instead of just a simple syrup, I threw some mint leaves and a little bit of honey for added flavor. I think the honey whiskey makes a HUGE difference in this recipe, even though I may or may not have ever had a mint julep before I made these.
Just promise me you’ll try the honey part!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup honey
- About 10 mint leaves
- a couple mint leaves, rinsed
- 2 ounces of Tennessee Honey Whiskey
- 1-2 ounces of mint simple syrup
- Sprigs of mint and rinsed honeysuckle for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir slowly until sugar has dissolved and the mixture has come to a low simmer. Let the mixture cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from eat and let the syrup cool completely.
- Add a couple of mint leaves to the bottom of a mint julep cup. Fill the cup with ice and add two ounces of bourbon. Add one ounce of simple syrup, and add more to taste. Garnish with a sprig of mint and clean honeysuckle blossoms.