Saturday, May 4, 2013

Citrus mint julep

Happy Derby Day, everyone! The day where everyone drinks mint juleps and wears big hats.

Well, I won't have any occasion to wear a big hat today, but I will have a julep and watch the Derby coverage on TV. There is of course the classic mint julep; but today I'm mixing it up a little and having a citrus mint julep.

Reprinted below:

3 oz good quality bourbon
1 ½ oz triple sec (I used Creole Shrubb)
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup or 1 tablespoon sugar
8 to 10 mint leaves (don’t be shy on the mint)

Combine sugar, lime juice and mint leaves in the bottom of a glass and muddle gently to dissolve sugar and release essential oils in the mint.

Add 2/3 cup of crushed ice. Pour bourbon and triple over ice and stir generously with a spoon and let rest a few moments.

It is important to stir generously and allow this drink rest for a few reasons:
1. This is a drink from South, designed for outdoor consumption, it’s supposed to be ICE cold.
2. This drink is pretty much straight alcohol (AKA: Boozy), dilution from the ice is crucial so that the other subtle flavors are not quashed by the bourbon.

Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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