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PEACHY MINT JULEP

courtesy of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

Leaves from 4 to 5 mint sprigs
2 sugar cubes or ½ ounce simple syrup
1 ½ ounce bourbon (such as Four Roses)
¼ ounce peach Schnapps
Dash or two of peach bitters
Peach slice for garnish
Sugar for rim
Mint sprig for garnish
Crushed ice

Place the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a sugar-rimmed Old Fashioned glass. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and release oil and aroma of the mint, then add bourbon, peach Schnapps and peach bitters. Fill with crushed ice and stir well until the glass becomes frosted. Garnish with the mint sprig and peach slice.

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar’s Tips for a Better Mint Julep:

  • Gently muddle your mint. You want to open up the veins of the mint leaves to release the essential oils, not tear the leaves to bits that get stuck in your teeth.
  • Crushed ice is key.
  • Stir well. Once you have the drink built, take the time to stir it gently until the glass gets frosty.
  • Go with your favorite bourbon. If you have a favorite brand of bourbon, use it or something similar. The team at the Bourbon Bar suggests choosing one of the higher-end brands for the simple fact that bourbon is typically the only liquid in the julep so this (sweetened and flavored with the sugar and the mint) is what you will taste.