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Friday 5 o’Clock Coctail – The Mint Julep

Mint JulepTomorrow is the Kentucky Derby, and you know what that means!  That’s right – big hats and Mint Juleps.

The Mint Julep is a real blast from the past. It was developed in the Southeastern United States in the late 18th century, and has been the subject of songs, and featured in artwork, stories, poems and literature for over 200 years. It is truly an historic drink.

Here’s how to make a Mint Julep:

  • 4 oz of Good quality Bourbon
  • ½ oz of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
  • 6-10 Mint Leaves (the small leaves are the sweetest for flavoring, but the big ones are great for garnishes)
  • Glass full of crushed ice

Directions: This drink really is supposed to be made with crushed ice. You can crush your ice in a blender, or use a mallet and a clean towel. Or, perhaps you are lucky enough to have a refrigerator that can make crushed ice for you.

Put a small amount of the ice in your glass and add the mint leaves. You will muddle the mint leaves with the ice – but don’t KILL it! Just mash it around a few times with the back of a spoon. If you muddle the mint too much it will get bitter.

Next, fill the glass the rest of the way up with ice so that the ice is actually mounded on top of the glass. Next, pour the Bourbon over the ice and let it settle to the bottom. As it does this it will cause the ice to melt somewhat. Then add the syrup, on top. There is no need to actually mix this up.

Garnish with a sprig of mint.

This Mint Julep is intended to be sipped from a silver or stainless steel cup on a hot day. As you drink the ice melts and the flavors of the mint and syrup blend with the whiskey in a delicious way. These days, most people serve them in glass Collins glasses – simply because that’s what we all have. Either is ok, but the metal cups get a nice frost on them from the condensation that is really cool.

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May 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday 5 o’Clock Cocktail – Mint Daiquiri

Mint DaiquiriMinty and sweet – that’s what we’re looking forward to this evening. The perfect drink to sip as you gaze out at your yard and think about all that mowing you are going to be doing tomorrow morning. Yeah, it’s spring alright. The yard work, the pollen, the Rum drinks!

Here’s how to make a Mint Daiquiri:

  • 2 oz of Light Rum
  • 1/4 oz of Triple Sec (or another kind of Orange Liquour)
  • 4 Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup of ice

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend it until it’s smooth. Keep in mind a couple of tips:

  1. Try and get as much of the stems off the mint leaves as possible. They can make the drink a little bitter. It doesn’t hurt to use a knife to cut the spines out of the leaves.
  2. Make sure you blend it enough to really pulverize those mint leaves down so that they are just specks of green in the drink. If you don’t blend them enough they will get little green flakes caught in your teeth, and that isn’t cute.

More Mixed Drinks and Cocktail Recipes at the Drunk Man’s Guide

April 18, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday 5 o’clock Cocktail – Black Dragon

How to make a Black Dragon

Ingredients:
1 Shot of Scotch Whisky
1 Shot of Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua works well)
1 Shot of Mint Schnapps

Directions:
This is a layered drink. You can use the back of a spoon to carefully layer the alcohols on top of each other. First you put the Schnapps, then the Kahlua, then finally the Scotch.

January 25, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment