Miss Mojito just returned from a trip to Mississippi, but had the chance to take a quick detour to New Orleans. Tuesday afternoon found me on the patio at Pat O’Brien’s beneath blue skies and enjoying a balmy breeze. The perfect locale was only enhanced by the perfect New Orleans beverage: the Mint Julep.
It may not be as indicative of New Orleans culture as the Hurricane or the Sazerac, but I think the Mint Julep is the perfect drink to enjoy while you’re visiting New Orleans: it packs a punch while remaining festive. I like to think of it as the mojito’s American cousin. They’re both classified in the same category of drink (perhaps Miss Mojito’s favorite category), the smash, in which ingredients are “smashed” and muddled together with alcohol and mixer.
The Pat O’Brien version is assertive and fun. They pair plenty of bourbon with plenty of garnish for some fantastic results. So until you can make your way to Pat O’Brien’s and try their version for yourself, here’s a quick recipe to test out. And with the Kentucky Derby coming up on May 2, it’s the perfect time to hone your julep-making skills. Enjoy!
- 2 ounces bourbon (Miss Mojito recommends Woodford Reserve)
- 1 Tbl. simple syrup
- Small handful mint leaves
- Whole mint leaves, cherry and orange for garnish (optional)
- Crushed ice
Muddle mint leaves in bottom of a glass. Fill with crushed ice. Add syrup and bourbon and stir. Garnish as desired.
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There was an English professor at W&M who held an annual mint julep fest at his old farm house. Back in the day, Mr. S&C used to bartend the party and take me along to assist. It was so much fun to be young and entralled by the presence of drinking college professors.
It might be time to pick up some Jefferson Cups for a mint julep party of my own. So many cocktails, so little time.