Treat Yourself To Some Good Ol’ Southern Hospitality

I’ve been doing a lot of looking around for different drink recipes and I’ve learned a couple of things. One, I keep going back to the classics, and two, the south really likes their Bourbon. Being in Canada I feel as though we don’t drink nearly enough Bourbon or juleps, so I felt as though I had to rectify the situation. Put the wine down for a night and try these takes on the southern classic. Not only are they strong enough to make you forget about the mosquitos here (I think they’re definitely on to something with that), but they’re beautiful enough to serve at a fancy schmancy wedding. You and your friends will feel like you’re at the horse races.

P.S. Muddle- This means to press the ingredients against the side of the glass with a muddler aka anything that breaks up the ingredients. Although, if you’re going for the real southern deal, head over to any store that carries kitchenware and you’ll find a muddler no problem. I, however, will keep using the stick end of my wooden spoon thanks. I’m not that fancy……or southern.

Champagne Mint Julepimage

2 parts Bourbon
2 parts sparkling white wine
1/2 part elderflower liqueur
Lemon twist and mint for garnish

Mix together Bourbon, sparkling white wine and elderflower liqueur. Middle with mint. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with lemon twist.

Sweet Tea Mint Julepimage

2 parts Bourbon
4 parts freshly brewed and chilled black tea
1 part simple syrup
1/4 part fresh lemon juice
Mint and lemon wedge for garnish

Middle mint with simple syrup. Pour Bourbon, chilled black tea, muddled simple syrup and lemon juice over ice. Stir and garnish with a fresh mint sprig and a lemon wedge.

Bourbon Ball Julepimage

2 parts Bourbon
1/2 part Amaretto
1/2 part Créme De Cocoa White
1/4 part muddled mint
Splash of distilled water

Pour Bourbon, Amaretto Liqueur, Créme De Cocoa White, splash of distilled water,and muddled mint over ice in shaker. Shake well and strain over ice. Sprinkle with sugar.

Strawberry Julepimage

2 parts Bourbon
2 fresh strawberries
1 part simple syrup
6 mint leaves
1 part fresh lemon juice

Muddle simple syrup, strawberries, and mint leaves in a mixing glass. Add Bourbon and lemon juice and fill with ice. Shake well and double strain into a mixing glass.

Watermelon Basil Julepimage

3 parts Bourbon
3-5 cubes of fresh watermelon
1 part lime juice
4 basil leaves
Mint sprig
Course sea salt

Muddle mint and basil with watermelon cubes. Stir in Bourbon and lime juice. Pour over crushed ice and sprinkle with sea salt.

Classic Mint Julepimage

1-1/2 parts Bourbon
Fresh mint
2 tablespoons simple syrup muddled with mint
Splash of distilled water
Powdered sugar

Mix together simple syrup muddled with mint, Bourbon and distilled water. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top. Sprinkle top of ice with powdered sugar. Garnish with mint sprig.

So, the next time you see me and I’m wearing a gigantic derby hat, you know what I’ve been up to with my afternoon.

xo Stephanie

May 10th, 2016|How-To, The Home, Weddings|

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