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A whiskey adventure for you and me.

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    Strawberry Moonshine Julep 
INGREDIENTS:
2 large ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and cut into ¼–inch pieces
2 tsp. sugar
3 leaves fresh mint
2 oz. moonshine or white whiskey, like Original Moonshine
½ oz. lemon juice
Sprig of mint, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Combine cut strawberries, sugar, mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Stir and let stand until strawberries are macerated, up to 10 minutes. Add moonshine, lemon juice, and ice to fill the shaker, and shake vigorously for an additional minute. Pour out contents into mason jars, adding more ice as needed. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

    Strawberry Moonshine Julep 

    INGREDIENTS:

    2 large ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and cut into ¼–inch pieces

    2 tsp. sugar

    3 leaves fresh mint

    2 oz. moonshine or white whiskey, like Original Moonshine

    ½ oz. lemon juice

    Sprig of mint, for garnish

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Combine cut strawberries, sugar, mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Stir and let stand until strawberries are macerated, up to 10 minutes. Add moonshine, lemon juice, and ice to fill the shaker, and shake vigorously for an additional minute. Pour out contents into mason jars, adding more ice as needed. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

    (Source: saveur.com)

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    Sweet Tea & Bourbon

    with fresh mint and orange

    6 cups water

    4 or 5 black tea bags

    1/4 cup agave syrup (honey will do too)

    1/4 to 1/2 cup bourbon (depending on how strong you want your cocktail)

    4  to 6 sliced orange rounds

    6 sprigs fresh mint

    lots of ice

    Bring water to a boil.  Turn off water and add black tea bags.  Steep tea for 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove the tea bags, place the tea in a large pitcher and let rest in the refrigerator until cold.

    Place agave, bourbon, orange slices and fresh mint in a medium bowl.  It the back of a spoon, begin to muddle (or press together) the ingredients.  The oranges will release come juice, the mint will become fragrant, and the bourbon will tickle your nose.  It’ll smell delicious.  Once the mixture is pressed together, and the flavors are extracted, add the mixture to the pitcher of tea.  Stir well.  ((Feel free to strain the orange wedges and the mint leaves before pouring into the pitcher of tea, if you’d like.))

    Fill glasses with ice cubes.  Pour sweet, boozy tea over ice.  Enjoy.  Drink it up.

    (Source: joythebaker.com)

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    Prescription Julep 


10 mint leaves
1 tablespoon Simple Syrup 
3 tablespoons VSOP Cognac
2 tablespoons rye whiskey
4 mint sprigs



Preparation


Lightly muddle mint leaves and Simple Syrup in a mixing glass. Stir in Cognac and whiskey. Fill a Julep cup or glass with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Stir until frost forms on outside of cup. Add more crushed ice to make a mound. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve with a straw.

    Prescription Julep 

    • 10 mint leaves
    • 1 tablespoon Simple Syrup 
    • 3 tablespoons VSOP Cognac
    • 2 tablespoons rye whiskey
    • 4 mint sprigs

    Preparation

    • Lightly muddle mint leaves and Simple Syrup in a mixing glass. Stir in Cognac and whiskey. Fill a Julep cup or glass with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Stir until frost forms on outside of cup. Add more crushed ice to make a mound. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve with a straw.
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    Mint Simple Syrup

    Refrigerated, the syrup will last for months.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 bunch fresh mint (about 1 cup, packed), preferably spearmint

    Instructions

    1. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring the mixture to dissolve the sugar. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add washed mint (still on the stem, just stir it all in). Set aside for 24 hours. Strain the mixture into a jar and discard the mint.

    (Source: pixelatedcrumb.com)

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    Muddled Blackberry Mint Julep
Adapted from Food & Wine*serves one
1 1/2 ounces of bourbonhandful of mint leaves, plus a few for garnish1/4 cup of blackberries, plus one for garnish1 tablespoon of sugar1 extra large ice cube, plus a few small ones
1. Combine the bourbon, sugar, blackberries, and mint in a shaker. Thoroughly crush the blackberries and mint using a muddler. Add small ice cubes and shake well.2. Place an extra large ice cube (we love this ice cube tray for this purpose) to a glass. Strain drink, pressing down on the solids, and pour over the ice cube. Garnish with a blackberry and a few fresh mint leaves.
Musical Pairings: Psychic Ills – One Track Mind + Muddled Blackberry Mint Julep

    Muddled Blackberry Mint Julep


    Adapted from Food & Wine
    *serves one

    1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
    handful of mint leaves, plus a few for garnish
    1/4 cup of blackberries, plus one for garnish
    1 tablespoon of sugar
    1 extra large ice cube, plus a few small ones

    1. Combine the bourbon, sugar, blackberries, and mint in a shaker. Thoroughly crush the blackberries and mint using a muddler. Add small ice cubes and shake well.
    2. Place an extra large ice cube (we love this ice cube tray for this purpose) to a glass. Strain drink, pressing down on the solids, and pour over the ice cube. Garnish with a blackberry and a few fresh mint leaves.

    Musical Pairings: Psychic Ills – One Track Mind + Muddled Blackberry Mint Julep

    (Source: turntablekitchen.com)

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    Apparently the first day of spring commences “julep season,” so have at it. 

    (Source: mintlovesocialclub.com)

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    The Derby
At least three different cocktails bear the name Derby, to commemorate the long bond between drinking and betting on horses. This version comes from the Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic, filtered through Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. It marries bourbon with sweet vermouth, orange curaçao (I used Grand Marnier), and lime juice, to produce a drink that’s dry, tart, peppery, and subtly herbal.
 
1 ounce bourbon whiskey
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier or orange curaçao
Lime wedge or mint leaf, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, lime, sweet vermouth, and Grand Marnier and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge or mint leaf.

    The Derby

    At least three different cocktails bear the name Derby, to commemorate the long bond between drinking and betting on horses. This version comes from the Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic, filtered through Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. It marries bourbon with sweet vermouth, orange curaçao (I used Grand Marnier), and lime juice, to produce a drink that’s dry, tart, peppery, and subtly herbal.

     

    1 ounce bourbon whiskey

    3/4 ounce lime juice

    1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

    1/2 ounce Grand Marnier or orange curaçao

    Lime wedge or mint leaf, for garnish

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, lime, sweet vermouth, and Grand Marnier and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge or mint leaf.