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Home Bar Project: How to Make a Mint Julep

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a fine crafted cocktail? Enter the Home Bar Project. Through this series we are going to take this challenge piece by piece. We’ll teach you the proper techniques and make sure the spirits you purchase aren’t collecting dust on your back bar.

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This week: How to Make a Mint Julep

The quintessential drink of the South, the Mint Julep is a potent potion designed to quench thirst on the hottest of days. The drink itself dates back hundreds of years, and in 1938, it became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Joshua Soule Smith, a journalist dating back to the late 1800’s, was quoted saying, “It is the very dream of drinks, a vision of sweet quaffings.” The technique to making the perfect mint julep might take a bit of practice, but it's worth the effort.

Ingredients:
Large pinch of Mint
Sugar cube
Simple syrup
Bourbon
Mint sprigs
Crushed Ice

Click "Next" to get started.

About the instructor:
Dan Lan Hamm is a craft bartender at 1 Tippling Place in Philadelphia. He was Pennsylvania's winner of Bombay Sapphire and GQ's Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in 2014. He runs Spirit Forward, a cocktail-centric group which caters local events and provides educational workshops.

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