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.
They say “Beer after whiskey is risk,” so better drink ‘em together, right? But that’s not what birthed the Boilermaker, a cocktail which isn’t a cocktail. It seems odious to even put this down as a cocktail recipe –for what can be the list of ingredients, or mixing instructions for a drink which constitutes a shot of whiskey and a pint of beer?
We’ve all raised a glass to the new year and are raring to uncork new trends that are continuing to evolve. Indeed, it seems to be a promising year when it comes to innovation.
Whisky lovers have been chasing whisky with pickle brine for ages, and nobody really knows where or how it started. One thing is for certain though-- that the name Pickleback wasn’t coined until 2006. A Brooklyn bartender, Reggie Cunningham, was the one who came up with the name.