Bourbon or Kentucky Whiskey - Early Times Kentucky Whiskey, was the official bourbon of the Derby for years today it's Old Forester and Woodford Reserve.
Silver Julep Cups - optional - but it is the tradition
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes.
Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight
Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whiskey, Old Forester or go ultra-premium and use Woodford Reserve.
Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
You can make a pitcher by adding one tablespoon of mint simple syrup and 2 oz of Kentucky Whiskey for each serving. Do not add ice until ready to serve.Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.Old Forester makes an Old Forester Mint Julep that can be used to jump-start your mint Julep making - here's the recipe from the Derby website