Mint Julep Moderne

While we completely agree that the Kentucky Derby cries out for a mint julep in hand, some of us here at Food Republic HQ find traditional mint juleps to be a little too sweet. And old-fashioned. Brennan's of Houston shared with us their Mint Julep Moderne recipe, made with a base of mint tea and served straight up in cocktail glass. It's just as bourbon filled as the original, but a with a little less intensity on the sweetness side. Be sure to make the tea the night before so you are ready on Derby day.

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Mint Julep Moderne
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  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fresh mint leaves
  • 3 ounces aged bourbon
  • 3 ounces mint tea
  • mint leaves for garnish
  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Place the sugar in a heatproof container; pour water over sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Pack mint into the sugar water and press with a plate to submerge the mint below the water.
  4. Cover and let sit overnight. Strain and reserve.
  5. Combine the bourbon and tea in a shaker.
  6. Fill with ice and shake well.
  7. Strain into a martini glass; garnish with mint leaf. Serve
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