How to make ...

Georgia Mint Julep

By Harvey Johnson

Ingredients

50ml Bourbon

25ml Creme de Peche

12.5ml sugar syrup

2 lemon chunks

6-8 Mint leaves

Dash of Angostura bitters

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

184 calories

Allergens:

Contains mint

Servings:

Serves 1

Mint juleps can be made in several different ways; this one is reminiscent of an ice peach tea that you might imagine drinking in the sweltering heat on a porch somewhere in Georgia.

Ingredients

50ml Bourbon

25ml Creme de Peche

12.5ml sugar syrup

2 lemon chunks

6-8 Mint leaves

Dash of Angostura bitters

Method

Take your julep tin

Strip a large handful of mint leaves from their stems

Give the mint one hard clap between the palms of your hands to release the oils and awaken the flavours

Add the mint and lemon chunks to your tin 

Using your jigger to measure, add the bourbon, crème de pêche and sugar syrup to the tin

Fill the tin with crushed ice

Using your bar spoon, churn the drink, making sure to scoop all the mint and ingredients up from the bottom of the glass to combine them

Stir for 10-12 seconds or until some of the crushed ice has melted and the wash level of the drink has gone down a little

Top with a pile of crushed ice and use your hand to form it into a dome

Garnish with a mint sprig and a straw

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Jigger/Measure

Bar Spoon

Julep Tin

Crushed Ice

History

The Mint Julep first appears in the 1862 edition of The Bar-Tender’s Guide, where Jerry Thomas describes it as a ‘peculiarly American beverage’.

The exact origin isn’t entirely clear, although there are mentions of people in southern states drinking a dram of liquor steeped in mint as a medicinal remedy. This is perhaps where the name of the cocktail derives, as a ‘julep’ is a sweet drink that acts as a vehicle for medicine. The original recipe used a handful of mint and pounded it with sugar, before adding brandy and crushed ice. Bourbon became the more widely used spirit, as it was cheaper and more readily available.

Since 1938 the Mint Julep has been promoted alongside the Kentucky Derby, as the drink has always been emblematic of the Southern American states. Around 120,000 mint juleps are made each year at the horse racing event.