Worthington Inn bartender Tom Biechele knows how to make a perfect Mint Julep, but he doesn't get much practice.

Worthington Inn bartender Tom Biechele knows how to make a perfect Mint Julep, but he doesn't get much practice.

The only time his patrons order the bourbon cocktail is on Kentucky Derby day.

"They'll get one because it's the Derby, then they'll drink whatever they really like for the rest of the day," he said.

Juleps don't have a reputation as the tastiest concoctions, as a lot of drinkers find them too strong. Not surprising, Biechele said, as they're mostly liquor.

"It sounds light and fresh, but it's really all bourbon. It's a really strong drink."

If one of your guests passes on the mint juleps, don't be offended. It's probably because they don't like bourbon. Even so, Biechele doesn't recommend trying to jazz up the julep with fruit or other trendy twists. The drink is best enjoyed in its classic form.

Mint Julep

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Fresh mint
Crushed ice
Kentucky bourbon

Boil sugar and water together to make a simple syrup. Cool and place in a covered container. Pour a tablespoon of simple syrup into each julep glass, then add 15 fresh mint leaves and muddle. Add crushed ice and top with bourbon to fill the glass.

Recipe courtesy of:
Worthington Inn,
649 High St.
For more information,
call 614-885-2600 or visit www.worthingtoninn.com

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