- Whiskey Cocktails
November 24, 2015
Mint Julep’s are hard to get right, even harder to perfect…but when you manage it, boy do they hit the spot! Whilst they do take a long time to make- 24 hours and 35 minutes to be precise- the wait is totally worth it when you taste this ‘tail! We can imagine you sipping one of these at the Blackjack table, taking your time to perfect your moves.
This recipe makes ten Mint Julep cocktails.
For this exciting cocktail, you will need the following:
– 1 cup of water
– 1 cup of granulated sugar
– 4 cups of bourbon
– Powdered sugar
– 2 bunches of spearmint
Now, there is a lot to do to create this divine concoction so make sure you follow each step carefully or your Mint Julep could become a Mint Ju-no!
Before doing anything else, you need to prepare the mint used in the cocktail. Pick about 40 leaves from your bunches of mint and wash them, before placing them into a bowl. Then, cover them with about three ounces of bourbon for about a quarter of an hour. When this time is up, remove the leaves from the bowl and wring the leaves out over the bowl of bourbon. Repeat this process about 5 times.
You need the sugar and water next to create a simple syrup that will be used in the cocktail. To make this, mix the granulated sugar with the distilled water in a pan and leave to boil, until all of the sugar dissolves. Once this has been done, leave in the fridge to cool.
Now you can start to make the Mint Julep cocktail! Pour the remainder of the bourbon into a bowl and add the simple syrup (which should be chilled- not hot!). Begin to add the mint extract (see step one) one tablespoon at a time. It is important to taste and smell the mixture after each tablespoon has been added- it is impossible to tell if you have the right amount of mint in your cocktail if you don’t do this. When you have reached what you deem to be perfection, pour into a jug and put in your refrigerator to chill for twenty four hours at least- you can leave it longer if you like. Serve the next day and enjoy!