For Christmas, my parents completely surprised me with these gorgeous pewter cups. I had mentioned in passing that I wanted a set of mint julep cups or these Jefferson cups, but did not expect either, let alone this stunning pair. As soon as they were opened, I had my brother make me a dark and stormy using the new cups and it was absolutely perfect. The outside of these cups get frosty and cold and are the perfect vessels for holding any kind of drink – including a dark and stormy, but especially perfect for a classic mint julep.
While I do love bourbon, it’s not my spirit of choice (unlike the entire rest of my family – extended included), but I can never pass up a good mint julep. My version doesn’t stray away from the original – it’s made with lots of mint, a bit of powdered sugar, a very generous pour of bourbon, and, of course, lots of crushed ice. If you don’t have mint julep cups, don’t worry – you can absolutely make these in an old-fashioned glass. Just rinse them in some water and stick in the freezer for 10 minutes or so in order for the glasses to get frosty.
- 4-5 Mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- 3 oz bourbon
- Crushed ice
- Place 4-5 minut leaves and the powdered sugar in the bottom of a glass. Muddle to break of the leaves and crush with the sugar. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour the bourbon over the ice. Stir well. Add more ice to the glass to fill to the top. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig.
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