Champagne Mint Julep

by James Stevenson

This cocktail makes me think of the Kentucky Derby and I couldn’t be more excited to share some bourbon cocktails. What could be better than sipping bourbon cocktails and watching horse races? Maybe having your own Kentucky Derby party to celebrate. Floppy hats, preppy bow-ties, southern finger food and bourbon are just the start to the fabulous entertaining possibilities. My blood starts pumping just thinking about putting on a hat, drinking bourbon nonstop, and celebrating with friends.

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The drink today is a play on the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby the classic Mint Julep. The traditional Mint Julep has four ingredients: bourbon, water, mint, and sugar. This cocktail is shaken then strained and topped off with some bubbles. This is a fancy almost martini version of the mint julep and a good drink to make when you don’t want to deal with crushing the ice. The mint with the champagne in this cocktail marries so well together. I am from the south so bourbon and mint are like religion to me. It may cause you to have so much fun that you don’t even see a horse. Southern sips and cheers!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of bourbon
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 cup of ice
  • champagne

Garnish: edible flower and mint

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing glass add bourbon, mint, and agave nectar
  2. Muddle mixture then add ice to glass
  3. Shake then strain mixture into serving glass
  4. Top off with champagne
  5. Garnish with edible flower and mint

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