Since the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, I thought I would create the ideal springtime mint julep. My version is slightly different, made with fresh lemon juice and agave nectar. It’s traditionally served in an iced silver or pewter mug during the Kentucky Derby, but any glass is fine when it tastes this good (and I promise you, it’s fabulous). I used Gentleman Jack which is one of my favorite bourbons, but feel free to use your favorite. Enjoy a taste of Kentucky with every sip of this fresh drink.
Fresh Lemon Mint Julip
1/3 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar (I used light)
5 mint leaves, finely chopped
1. Combine bourbon, lemon juice, nectar and fresh mint stirring well. Strain mixture into tall glass filled with ice, removing mint. Garnish with fresh mint sprig and serve.