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:
- 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.
- Add the mint leaves, some sugar and a bit of water. Stir and crush the mint to release the oils.
- Add the sprig and fill the glass with crushed ice.
- 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.