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What is a Mint Julep?
One of Kentucky's claims to fame, the Mint Julep is an alcoholic drink made with fresh mint (sometimes muddled with sugar), bourbon and plenty of crushed ice. It's traditionally served in an iced silver or pewter mug at the running of the famous Kentucky Derby. However, it's a refreshing favorite on any hot day.
Source: The New Food Lover's Companion, Second Edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst
Make these refreshing mint juleps on a hot summer's day when you're having friends over for brunch or as a cocktail before dinner.
It's the kind of drink you'll enjoy on a hot day when just sitting on your porch or patio or laying on your chaise lounge by the pool.
5-6 mint sprigs
1 tsp. superfine or powdered sugar
2 tsp. water
2 1/2 oz. bourbon (Kentucky bourbon recommended, but any good bourbon will do)
Fresh mint sprigs
You will need:
Mint Julep cups or highball glasses
Muddler or spoon
Place mint, sugar and water in a mint julep cup or highball glass. Crush the mint with the muddler (or spoon if your bar tools aren’t as sophisticated) to release the fragrance of the mint. Stir the water, sugar, and mint until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add bourbon. Fill glass with crushed ice and stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup or glas. Place a short straw in the cup and garnish with mint sprig and a slice of lemon and serve immediately.
Makes 1 Mint Julep.
To Make Several Mint Juleps
2 cups superfine or powdered sugar
2 cups water
Fresh mint sprigs
Mint Julep cups or Highball glasses
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup (or highball glass) with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a mint sprig and a slice of lemon and serve immediatley.
|Date: August 11, 2006|