Does a Mint Julep Qualify As a Green Juice Drink?
National Mint Julep Day is celebrated on May 30th in the USA and on June 1st in the UK. So replace that healthy green juice for this refreshing – and green! – Mint Julep Cocktail!
Originating in the south, the Mint Julep consists of four simple ingredients: bourbon, bourbon, bourbon and bourbon – OK, maybe you could substitute some of the bourbon for mint leaves, sugar and water!
If you are a Mint Julep virgin – as I was until this week – then you don’t know what you’re missing. Not at all what I expected, this cocktail is as light and refreshing, if not more so, than a classic G&T, due to the minty, zingy freshness of the mint leaves.
Ice is extremely important when crafting the perfect cocktail and the Mint Julep is definitely best served on the rocks. To create an impressive, cool and sophisticated, ice cold Julep, try using a single giant cube of ice, or even better, an ice sphere – it looks so pretty doesn’t it?!
Larger ice cubes not only look more impressive, but they also melt more slowly than smaller chunks of ice, which means that your cocktail doesn’t get diluted by the melting ice – double bonus! You can buy the ice moulds I used for this post at the Arugula & Rocket Store.
Watch my video to see how easy it is to make the perfect Mint Julep or continue reading for the full recipe.
- 2½oz Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
- 10 Mint Leaves (plus a Sprig for Garnish)
- 1½ Tsp Superfine Sugar
- Seltzer Water
- Ice (I used the Tovolo Sphere and King Cube Ice Moulds)
Place the mint leaves in the bottom of the glass and top with the sugar.
Muddle together until the leaves begin to break down – this will take a little while so persist.
Add a splash of seltzer water, then the ice, followed by the bourbon.
Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network