Triple Crown Drinks: Mint Julep

Here is the recipe for the iconic #MintJulep, the official drink for the #KentuckyDerby. Get the best price on the ingredients with nowcado.com.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups bourbon
  • 2 bunches fresh spearmint
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl, cover with 3 ounces bourbon, and let the leaves soak for 15 minutes. Gather the leaves in paper towels and wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.
  2. Mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar, stirring constantly. Set simple syrup aside to cool.
  3. Pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.
  4. Add the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture until there is a soft mint aroma and taste – about 3 tablespoons total. Pour the whole mixture back into the empty container and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to “marry” the flavors.
  5. To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a sprig of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.
  6. When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice. Serve immediately.

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Triple Crown Drinks: Belmont Breeze

In commemoration of the recent end to the #TripleCrown (man, what a heartbreak for #CaliforniaChrome) we thought we we would share the Belmont Stakes official drink: the Belmont Breeze. Get the best price on the ingredients with nowcado.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces of a good American blended whiskey
  • 3/4 ounces Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce of simple syrup (1 ounce of sweet and sour mix may be substituted for the lemon juice and simple syrup)
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce 7-Up
  • 1 ounce Club Soda

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients except the 7-Up and club soda with ice.
  2. Top with 7-Up and club soda.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.

Whisky Liqueur (aka Save That Cheap Whisky You Were About To Dump)

Have you ever bought whisky only to taste it and find it is awful? Don’t throw it away – save money like Nowcado (get it now for Android or iOS) helps you do by making it into your own bespoke whisky liqueur! Here’s how:

  1. Find flavors you will want to use with your liqueur, such as 1/2 a vanilla pod, cinnamon sticks, cloves, black peppers, coriander, lemon rinds, sage, rosewater, or homemade caramel (e.g. sugar+water heated over a burner until it turns dark, then cooled with cold water to make it syrupy – this also makes your liqueur darker).
  2. Divide up the bottle in to separate containers and mix them with these ingredients. Note: Rosewater is special and shouldn’t be mixed here. Let these sit for 3 days to absorb the flavors.
  3. Add each jar (and rosewater, if applicable) to a pitcher a little bit at a time, constantly smelling as you go, until you get the combination of flavors you are looking for. Be sure to only pour the liquid, or else you will have to fish out the solid ingredients later.
  4. Add some sweetness to your mix – 2 tsp of maple syrup or agave syrup works well. Don’t oversweeten!
  5. Smell it one last time, and adjust the flavors as you see fit.
  6. If you have any flavored whiskey left over at the end of this process, you can use it for future liqueurs or for cooking. If you oversweetened or overflavored in any way, just add a bit more whisky and you can save it.
  7. Finally, put your mix in to a sealed bottle or decanter and let the flavors meld for about two months.

The process will take some time, but it can be a lot of fun and teaches you about mixing flavors which will help you with future drink and cooking recipes.

Whiskey Sour

Here’s another great, simple recipe from barnonedrinks.com.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz blended scotch whisky
  • 1/2 tsp confectioner’s sugar/powdered sugar
  • 1/2 lemon

Preparation:

  1. Shake and strain all the ingredients into a sour glass. Optionally garnish with a slice of lemon and a cherry.

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Coffee Julep

We came up with a great new recipe that tastes like a Mint Julep but is hot for the cold winter months.

INGREDIENTS

Coffee Julep

  • 1 part bourbon whiskey
  • 1 part cream liqueur (or 1 part cream + pinch of sugar)
  • Splash of creme de menthe liqueur
  • Hot, fresh coffee
  • Whipped cream (optional)

HOW TO MIX IT

Pour bourbon and cream into an Irish coffee glass. Add creme de menthe and fill the glass with hot coffee. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.

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