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.
A classic dram of aged, high-quality whisky like the Aberfeldy 12 Year Old calls to be savoured at leisure in order to be able to do it justice. Prepared using pure freshwater drawn from the Pitilie Burn which was known to contain deposits of alluvial gold, this whisky was christened ‘The Golden Dram’.
The three wise men – Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniels, and Jim Beam all contribute to making the perfect shot— one of those that give that terrific kick. A hint of scotch, a touch of Bourbon, and a dash of Tennessee— what more can you ask for? There are multiple ways to mix the cocktail.