As a non-bourbon drinker who doesn't own a shaker and who usually avoids minted drinks, I think this makes a PERFECT mint julep. I've made some disgusting drinks following the Churchill Downs bartenders directions but this is furlongs better. I can now look forward to the first Saturday in May for more than just great racing. (btw, I try to compensate for the lack of a shaker by chilling the glass.)
Susie, this is the real thing, and as we watch the "Kentucky Derby" we will always think fondly of this recipe, which is the epitome of May and horse-racing. As Bev's DH said, "SIP" do not gulp! We sipped as we watched the race start, and we almost felt like we were there in good ol' Kentucky. You should make these for our dear friend, twissis, as I bet she would love this as much as we do on "The Longmeadow Farm" Made May 1st 2010
Loved the mint syrup, but I realize now that bourbon is not for me. I chose to rate without stars because this is a personal preference only. I am sure this is a wonderful recipe for all you bourbon lovers.
This Mint Julep receives 5 GLISTENING STARS! It wins my discriminating, hard-to-please husband's Seal of Relaxed and Mellow Approval!! He says, "It should be sipped; add only Mint Syrup as recommended; and SIP! Do Not Gulp!" Thank you, SusieQusie!!