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Mint Julep Spritzer

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  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves
  • 2 10-ounce bottles of chilled club soda

Recipe Preparation

  • Mix fresh lemon juice, sugar, and fresh mint leaves in small bowl until sugar dissolves; press on mint with back of spoon to crush lightly. Let stand 30 minutes. Strain mint and lemon mixture into pitcher. Mix in bourbon, then club soda and ice. Pour into 8 tall glasses. Garnish each drink with mint sprig.

Recipe by Anthony Dias BlueReviews Section

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The very first thing you need to know about a making a mint julep is you need a glass overflowing with crushed ice. If you serve a mint julep with ice cubes to a southerner, they are likely to respond with a &ldquobless your heart&rdquo which is not a compliment. The ice must be crushed or better yet, shaved.

Now, if you&rsquore lucky enough to own silver julep cups, use them! If not, a small high ball will do. Our sweet vintage glasses hold eight ounces of liquid, making the perfect ratio of ice to cocktail.

Next you need a cocktail shaker. You never want to muddle in a delicate glass because it&rsquos likely to shatter. This is a vintage Noritake shaker I found in a thrift store. It&rsquos etched with a wheat pattern and has a silver top, which makes it perfect for entertaining, but any utilitarian shaker will do.

Start by gently muddling 5-6 mint leaves and then add half an ounce of the peach tea syrup and muddle a little more.

Next, add 2.5 ounces of good bourbon. We used Four Roses Small Batch which is a great value. You don&rsquot want to mix cocktails with a high priced bottle of bourbon, but you also don&rsquot want to use the cheap stuff either. This bourbon is also 90 proof, so it holds up better in melting ice.

Now add ice cubes and shake.

Strain the peach tea mint julep into the glass and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint. And I mean fresh! If it looks wilted in the store, it will never hold up as a garnish. The best option is picking the mint yourself and placing it in water immediately. If you don&rsquot grow mint yourself, consider buying a plant or find some at a local farm stand.

Now isn&rsquot she as pretty as a peach? I reckon all y&rsquoall will want to sip these out on the veranda when the weather gets hot! This peach tea mint julep is as refreshing as a glass of iced tea and perfect for an afternoon watching the horses run&hellip or maybe doing nothin a&rsquotall!

Grab Your Hat, It’s Mint Julep Time

A friend of mine used to have the most wonderful Kentucky Derby party every year. We were required to dress for the “Run for the Roses” event and I always looked forward to the first Saturday in May. I could guarantee a few things: there was going to be delicious food to nosh on, I always pick the losing horse, and the Mint Juleps would be plentiful. In fact, I believe my first every Mint Julep was at one of her events and I’ve loved them ever since.

Traditional Mint Julep

Mint Julep with blackberry garnish

I mean really, what’s not to love – bourbon, crushed ice, a fabulous cup, some sugar and lots of fresh mint. It’s a magical combination. And like clockwork, each year after her party, I vow that I am going to incorporate Mint Juleps into my rotation and I always fall back on my regulars. This year, I made a traditional julep and toasted to the race that didn’t happen and my second one I added blackberries as a garnish – I LOVE blackberries. I saw a number or recipes on blackberry mint juleps that required muddling the blackberries with the mint. Nah, no thank you. The mint is the star of this show, and I want it to remain so. The blackberries are a good counter flavor without stealing the spotlight.

As the years have passed, we no longer dress for Derby Saturday but we still gather around, wager on the race, eat great food and drink way too many Mint Juleps. Alas, we won’t have that experience this May, but come September, all bets are off… or on, as the case may be.

Fingers crossed we are living our new normal and no longer sheltering in place.

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice and layer in Maker’s Mark ® , Aperol ® , lemon juice and syrup.
  2. Top with Prosecco and garnish with an orange peel.

A riff on the Aperol Spritz, this Maker’s Mark version takes cues from its refreshing, Italian cousin – a summer staple in Europe since the 1950s. Today, similar claims can be made in the states about the Aperol Spritz, which, for throngs of thirsty imbibers, became the unofficial cocktail of Summer 2018. This season, it’s all about variations like the Bourbon Spritz, with the signature caramel notes of Maker’s Mark adding a new layer of excitement.

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Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, 43-57.5% Alc./Vol., Old Forester Mint Julep Cocktail, 30% Alc./Vol. Old Forester Distilling Company at Louisville in Kentucky. OLD FORESTER is a registered trademark. “AMERICA’S FIRST BOTTLED BOURBON’ is a trademark. ©2021 Brown-Forman Distillers. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, 43-57.5% Alc./Vol., Old Forester Mint Julep Cocktail, 30% Alc./Vol. Old Forester Distilling Company at Louisville in Kentucky. OLD FORESTER is a registered trademark. “AMERICA’S FIRST BOTTLED BOURBON” is a trademark. ©2021 Brown-Forman Distillers. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

Please do not share or forward this content to anyone under the legal drinking age.

I seriously love all things peppermint and mint juleps. Combining those two loves, I came up with a fun mocktail, that&rsquos also kid-friendly! Our boys love it when we whip up a drink just for them! With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily pull off this peppermint julep for a holiday party, Christmas dinner, or just because you love peppermint.

Origins of Sangria

The earliest versions of sangria believed to have originated more than 2,000 years ago when Romans, making their way through the Iberian Peninsula, planted vineyards along the way and fortified unsafe drinking water with wine, spices, and herbs.

Fast forward to the early 1700s and 1800s when versions of what we now know as sangria were made in England, France, and eventually popularized in the U.S. at its arrival at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Despite its global popularity and common association with Spain, there is no official formula for sangria in Spain, and local restaurants are more often found to be serving a Spanish drink called tinto de verano, which is a simple blend of red wine, ice, and lemon soda or casera (sweetened soda water).

Since its inception and evolution, many other versions have become popular as well, including white sangria made with Spanish white wine, cava (sparkling Spanish white wine), and even cider. (source)

This particular recipe was inspired by my love for all things citrus and, of course, mint. I could eat mint and basil by the handful, hence the reason they pop up on Minimalist Baker so often.

To prepare this sangria, you’ll need a dry white wine (such as Vinho Verde, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio), lime, lemon, simple syrup, and mint. We opted for a pinot grigio, deciding a chardonnay wouldn’t complement the citrus as well.

The result is a refreshing white sangria with plenty of lemon-lime flavor and the slightest hint of mint. But if you love mint as much as we do, feel free to add more. We won’t judge.

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The ultimate “one-pitcher” cocktail, sangria is easy to mix up and hits the spot after a long hot day — just be sure to let it sit in the fridge for at least 24 hours to let the wine, sweet citrus liquors and orange juice blend into a beautifully fragrant drink.
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Photo credit (Summer Crush Cocktail, Bourbon Peach Cooler, Whiski-Tiki Cocktail): Coopers' Craft Bourbon
Photo credit (Agave Margarita, Southern Kitchen's Frosé, Mint Julep, Frozen Strawberry Margaritas): Ramona King
Photo credit (Bourbon Prosecco Spritzer): Cynthia Hoyt


  • Clos du BoisChardonnay and Pinot Grigio – light crisp wines are delicious with all your favorite summer eats – barbequed oysters, clams with lemon, crab, salmon cakes, cheese plates, roasted garlic toasts – and perfect enjoyed cold in the sunshine.
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh mint

Clos du Bois recently revealed a new, more elegant labeling, but what’s inside the bottle remains unchanged.

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