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 thing about Whisky Woodland Punch is that while you can make it with just about any whisky-based liqueur or lighter bourbons like Smooth Ambler, you should ideally make it with Southern Comfort. There’s a reason why we suggest Southern Comfort.