Put on your Bonnet or Bowler Derby, fake an old-timey fast-talking radio voice and get ready to enjoy the herbal refreshment of what is known as the Mint Julep.
On Episode 8 of And Beard We Go, the Fancy Lads partook in this delicious staple of the Southern Heartland.
This Kentucky Derby favorite is made by the vats on the day of the race. Word from a friend that attended the race him self says that if you’re in the cheap seats, they’re poured from the “Ice-O-Matic Mint J. 3000″, though I’m sure you can get the good stuff well poured if you order one with a monocle on…
Now, let’s get into How to Make a Mint Julep.
What you need:
Tall skinny glass (collins).
Ice (crushed if possible it’s worth doing it).
Your Bourbon of choice.
A couple of bundles of fresh mint.
A couple of lemons.
What you do:
-Fill the glass with ice.
-Pour desired amount of Bourbon, I like to go about just under a third.
-As the booze and ice start to meld together, pick about 3-4 leaves off the plant. Then place them in your hand and give them a light slap. This will wake up the smells and oils that make that mint taste come alive. Others might say muddle the mint but if you bruise the veins on the leaf you could release a bit of bitterness.
-Now drop the leaves into the glass.
-Pour in a 3 count of Simple Syrup.
-Add a squeeze of lemon.
-Get fancy pants and throw in a couple of thin cut lemon twists.
Drink, repeat, drink, repeat, drink, repeat, drink. Now take a nap and dream of eating Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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