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.
Does the roaring MGM lion, followed by the floating head of a cat and mouse ring a bell? The antics of a very gullible Tom, outmatched at every step by a witty Jerry’s nuisance made for one of the most well-loved cartoon shows of all time. As life would have it, there’s a cocktail named after the duo. Americans love their Tom & Jerry. It is a typical Thanksgiving and Christmas treat.
This is not a cocktail in the true sense of the word, but a much needed creation all the same. It is the traditional Indian-style ‘chai’ or tea— served piping hot, sweet and milky, and infused with fragrant spices. In this case, it is spiked with a boozy doze of whiskey.
Mixologists have changed the way we look at whiskey. Bar keeps are adding unusual flavor combinations, we’d likely not considered before. Though connoisseurs prefer a more traditional glass of whiskey, sampling some of these amazing whiskey drinks can open the door to exciting new flavors.