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New Orleans’ Best Cocktails: The Mint Julep

New Orleans’ Best Cocktails: The Mint Julep

New Orleans
New Orleans

With mixolgist Chris McMillian

This is a favorite during the hot summer days in New Orleans. The drink’s popularity came to rest in the agricultural regions of the east and southeast, where farmers awakened at dawn. McMillian says the julep was originally a morning drink as the spirited equivalent of coffee in today’s New Orleans society. “One sip and Pow! The farmers were ready to face the long day.”

The main ingredient of the New Orleans Mint Julep is Bourbon Whiskey. “The biggest change for the julep was the addition of American whiskey to the recipe,” says McMillian. “The julep was quickly transformed into a mixture of water, sugar, mint leaves, and good American whiskey.”

To make a New Orleans Mint Julep, you must have simple syrup, (either purchased or made by boiling equal parts sugar and water together for five minutes). Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, muddling the mint leaves, adding one tablespoon of simple syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whiskey. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Enjoy this refreshing drink which is one of New Orleans’ Best Cocktails: The Mint Julep.

New Orleans’ Best Cocktails: The Mint Julep

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