Summertime Drinks: A Canadian Mint Julep

Whisky is a great drink.

But whisky straight is best reserved for the fall and winter months to warm the soul.

In the hot weather, sometimes a cocktail is more enjoyable.

A mint julep is a simple classic cocktail that’s easy to make in the summer time:

  1. Find a mint plant. Mint is impossible to kill regardless of gardening skills. Buying mint every time you are in need of refreshment would waste money better spent on whisky. Cut off a few mint leaves and a sprig of mint. A sprig in this case is basically the whole plant above the roots.
  2. Add the mint leaves, some sugar and a bit of water. Stir and crush the mint to release the oils.
  3. Add the sprig and fill the glass with crushed ice.
  4. Add whisky. Tradition would say bourbon, but I prefer rye. Bourbon will be sweeter, rye will be spicier and more Canadian.

Enjoy this time honoured drink in the heat of summer.

Cheers!

glasses ice mint sugar

 

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