At some point I posted my mint julep recipe. But I can’t find it – nor
can I find it in my house. It was a classic mint julep recipe. So
instead I offer you Jason Falls, a friend from Louisville who has the
world’s coolest job title (Social Media Explorer), and a fun twist on the classic mint julep. I’d like to add something to his steps though – use good bourbon. I recommend any of the Good Stuff (single barrel, small batch, or small scale), starting with Maker’s Mark, but you can certainly work your way through the hallowed bourbon halls of Woodford Reserve, Blanton’s, Basil Hayden, Booker’s, Knob Creek and others. Maker’s Mark, by the way, has a pre-mixed bottle of Mint Julep that avoids all the sugar water fuss in the kitchen. Just pour over ice, add a sprig of MINT, and voila! (Look for the bottle with the green wax.)
If you just can’t bring yourself to enjoy a mint julep, then how about some bourbon slush? It’s an icee, really, sweetened with lemonade, peach tea, 7Up, and Bourbon. Peach tea is really what gives it the great flavor.
I got my tried-and-true bourbon slush recipe from my friend Kate. I posted it about two years ago I think, and it’s time for a re-post of the recipe, after the jump. For the slush, you don’t need to use a really high-end bourbon – Old Crow will do. Remember, you’re just sort of destroying it by mixing it in with all that other stuff, sort of like a Bourbon Sangria.
Kate’s Bourbon Slush
Step 1: Tea
2 1/2 cups boiling water
2 peach tea bags
1 cup sugar
Combine the boiling water and tea bags.
Once the tea is set,
remove the bags and pourinto a large plastic container. (There must be
room for the tea to expand once in the freezer.)
Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
Step 2: Those yummy flavors
6 cups cold water
1 large can, frozen lemonade
1 small can, frozen orange juice
2 cups Kentucky bourbon (I tend to add just a little more for fun)
Add remaining ingredients to the tea.
Stir until all ingredients are well blended.
in plastic container, covered, for 6 to 8 hours, sometimes longer
depending on your freezer. Spoon into glasses and top off with Sprite
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