The Mint Julep is one of those grand old drinks that everyone has heard of, but it seems few have ever ordered them. To experience it properly, you really do need to have it in a classic mint julep cup, shiney silver, coated with a thin film of ice, and piled high with finely crushed ice. On a hot summer day, when all of your chores are done, it's hard to imagine anything better. The special silver julep cups can be a little trickey to find, but you can find them CocktailKingdom.com, Kegworks.com or at SilverSuperStore.com where they have a very nice selection and a great price.
I would be greatly remiss if I didn't include a link here to this wonderful video of Chris McMillian making a Mint Julep when he worked at the Library Bar in New Orleans. He has now opened “Revel Café & Bar,” where you can regularly find him mixing up wonderful drinks.
Garnish: Mint sprigs dusted with powdered sugar.
Muddle in a cocktail shaker until the sugar is dissolved and the mint is blended in.
Add ice, and then shake well.
Strain into a glass filled with shaved ice.