Colonel Michael Masters, "The Kentucky Bourbon Master" makes the Perfect Kentucky Mint Julep for his guests who come from across America and from around the world for drinks and dinner at his tavern and dinner house, Chapeze House, "Kentucky's Home for Bourbon" in Bardstown, Kentucky on the western edge of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The Colonel declares that The Perfect Kentucky Mint Julep is always made individually, in front of the guest who can then bear witness to the ceremony that accompanies the making of a Perfect Kentucky Mint Julep.
Make simple syrup. Dissolve a cup of sugar in a cup of boiling water. Remove from heat and gently lay in twelve sprigs of mint allowing the mint to steep for five minutes. Strain out the mint. When cool, pour the mint infused simple syrup into a small crystal pitcher. Discard the mint with dignity, reverence and silent ceremony for the mint has performed its service nobly.
Frost a glass or a silver julep cup. Use a napkin to retrieve the glass or the julep cup from the freezer so that you do not melt the frost. Pack the glass or the julep cup with crushed ice. Pour in a jigger of Kentucky Bourbon. Fill the glass or julep cup three-quarters full with simple syrup. Place an attractive sprig of mint inside the rim of the glass or julep cup. Place a red cocktail straw inside the rim opposite the mint. Dust the top of the glass or julep cup with powdered sugar.
Never stir a Perfect Kentucky Mint Julep for you must allow the Kentucky Bourbon and the mint to get acquainted. Leave the mint sprig in the glass so that you get a nose full of fresh mint aroma with every sip. The Perfect Kentucky Mint Julep is a very romantic libation, with two centuries of Kentucky tradition associated with its making.
Colonel Michael Masters, "The Kentucky Bourbon Master"
Chapeze House, "Kentucky's Home for Bourbon"