We are submitting a post to Drinkwire’s Summer Roundup which is favorite summer drinks. We have two summer drinks that we consider favorites. First on our list is the Mint Julep. This is one of our favorite drinks because it is so refreshing on those hot summer days. The combination of fresh cool mint and the warmth of your favorite bourbon play very well together. Marlon Hall has two great recipes that we have shared with you before. Mint Juleps have become our go to cocktail this summer. The second of our favorite drinks is simply our favorite bourbon served neat in a nice snifter. This is our go to drink all year. In our opinion there is nothing better than sipping your favorite bourbon in the evening, while reflecting on your previous days and looking forward to tomorrow. Our Mint Julep Recipes are listed below. Enjoy!

Mint Julep Version #1 (muddled)

Julep Version #1
While a muddler is a tool specifically designed to crush and pulverize, mint is delicate and should only be pressed to release the essence of the mint. Over muddling with make the drink bitter. Same as with a citrus twist, if you get the white pith you’re going to have a bitter result. Don’t over muddle the mint.
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 fresh mint leaves and the top sprig for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2  1/2 oz. bourbon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Muddle (gently press) the mint leaves, the water, and the sugar in a julep cup.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the bourbon.
  3. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.
Mint Julep Version #2 (not muddled)
julep ice cubes
Some purists will say that you shouldn’t muddle the mint at all. All it takes is a good slap of the mint between you palms to release the essence. My twist using this method and instead of crushed ice, I freeze the mint in the ice instead.
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 to 3 fresh mint leaves per ice cube (if your tray makes four ice cubes you would need 8 to 12 leaves)
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slap the mint leaves between your palms releasing the essence
  2. Place the leaves into your ice tray. The mint will infuse the water, as tea does. Freeze.
  3. Put one of the frozen mint infused ice cubes in your julep cup add the syrup and bourbon and still to mix.
  4. Enjoy the slow release of the mint flavor as the ice melts.