The very first mention of the mint julep goes back to 1784 when it was used as a medicine for stomach problems, frequent retching, and difficulty swallowing. Julep stands for a sweet drink that’s used to cure sickness.Who’d have thought a medicinal cure would go on become one of the most well-loved whisky drinks of all times? Americans often mixed their juleps with aged gins. However, of late, whisky-based juleps have eclipsed gin-based ones.
The Gentleman’s Julep is a modern day take on the Mint Julep. Here’s how you can go about making it:
1/4th of a fresh white peach (cut it into 2 wedges and leave the extra for garnishing)
10 leaves of fresh mint and extra sprigs for garnishing
2 tsp. of sugar syrup
50 ml of whisky, preferably Aberlour
A splash of champagne
Then you’ll have to…
In a cocktail shaker, place the wedges of white peach and mint leaves. Crush them slightly with a spoon. Add sugar syrup, ice, and whiskey. Shake it well. Strain this mixture in a tumbler and pour champagne on top. Over the edge of the glass, hook a mint sprig and a peach wedge.
The Rye Sidre stands out as somewhat of an unusual cocktail just by its very title! So what is this strangely christened beverage?
Compared to rye whiskey cocktails, bourbon cocktails are much harder to make. Bourbon has a natural sweetness that can sometimes mar other flavours used in making cocktails. Whereas rye whiskey, with a drier and spicier flavour gives cocktails that extra punch.