The long standing classic cocktail at the Kentucky Derby, since 1938, has always been the Mint Julep. A very simple recipe with a good Kentucky bourbon, crushed ice, sugar, water and fresh mint. There are several variations of the mint julep including the substitution of the sacred bourbon for gin.
Of the numerous Mint Julep recipes we’ve tried, Debbie and I have found our individual tastes. We settled on the concoction with Prosecco (or any Champagne/Sparkling Wine). The Prosecco gives the cocktail a nice carbonation and smoothes out the bourbon kick. I added St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, which has its own nice flavor profile, eliminating the need for sugar. Here is the recipe we chose:
This makes one drink, feel free to double, triple, etc. if you are serving Gr8 Friends!
Fill a wine glass with crushed ice.
Place the bourbon, St. Germain and some fresh mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and gently muddle the mint leaves.
Pour the mixture into the wine glass over the ice.
Pour 3 to 4 ounces of Prosecco into the glass and garnish with some fresh mint.
You can use Champagne or Sparkling wine as a substitute for the Prosecco. Debbie preferred the gin over the bourbon in the julep. I, of course, preferred the bourbon, and perhaps even a 3 ounce pour!