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3 Delicious Mint Julep Recipes to Try This Season
May is famous for spring flowers, Memorial Day and, of course, Mint Julep Day! Everyone’s favorite mixed-mint delight will be celebrated on May 30th, in the thick of horse-racing season, where it originally became famous. Once loved for its medicinal properties back in the day, it’s now revered for its delicious & refreshing taste.
We hope you’re in the mood for one! We’ve got 3 delicious mint julep recipes for you to try, and they’ve all got a slight twist to them. But first, we’ll kick things off with the classic!
• 1 lemon, rinsed
• 2 teaspoons sugar
• 5 fresh mint sprigs (3 to 5 in.) rinsed & drained
• About 1 ½ cups crushed or shaved ice
• ¼ cup bourbon
• 2 tablespoons club soda
1. With a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife, pare a 2-inch strip of peel (yellow part only) from the lemon, then cut into long, thin shreds. Cut lemon in half and rub 1 cut side on the rim of a glass (10 to 12 oz.) to moisten; save lemon for other uses. Pour 2 teaspoons sugar on a small plate and dip moist glass rim in it to coat evenly, then pour sugar into glass.
2. Add 4 mint sprigs to glass. With a wood spoon, crush mint sprigs with sugar to bruise the leaves and release the herb's flavor. Fill glass with ice. Add bourbon, then fill to rim with club soda. Let stand until glass is frosty, about 2 minutes. Garnish with lemon peel and remaining mint sprig. Sip julep through a straw, adding more sugar to taste.
This twist is a New Orleans favorite, infusing pecans with the bourbon itself.
• 2 ounces toasted pecan-infused Woodford Reserve®
• ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
• 2 scoops mint chocolate chip ice cream
• Toasted pecan brittle, mint sprig
1. To infuse Woodford: toast 1 cup chopped pecans lightly, when somewhat cooled off but still warm, add to a bottle of Woodford Reserve and let sit overnight, covered.
2. Strain through a coffee filter and save the pecans for the brittle.
3. For the brittle: melt 6 tbsp. of sugar in a pan. Once melted (careful not to scorch), add the pecans, stirring quickly.
4. Pour and spread on a greased sheet pan or silicone. Break into pieces when cooled.
5. In a blender, put the first three ingredients and blend.
6. Top with a big ole mint sprig and a chunk of brittle.
A modern spin on the mint julep that’s even smoother than the original.
• 4 fresh mint leaves
• 1 oz. simple syrup
• Crushed ice
• 2 oz. Ole Smoky Moonshine® White Lightnin’™
• 1 fresh mint sprig
• Lime Garnish
Simple step: Place mint leaves and simple syrup in a highball glass. Muddle mint leaves with syrup. Add ice; pour moonshine over ice. Garnish with lime and mint sprig.
Enjoy Your Favorite Drink at The Lone Wolf®!
Not interested in trying out your own mint julep recipe? Not a problem! The Lone Wolf has you covered. Plus, we complement the great drinks here with live entertainment every weekend. Plus, satisfy any of your cravings with delicious appetizers, sandwiches and more.