Thursday, May 8, 2008

Just a little refreshment for my special friends

I was in the mood for a fun page, so here it is. Now when "someone" comes by and drinks the last of the mint juleps, y'all can come on in and mix up a pitcher anytime you want. Since my dear Rhett is feelin' poorly these days, y'all just feel free to make your own if "someone" has beat you to the veranda.

The ingredients are:
12 mint leaves
2 tablespoons simple syrup (to make simple syrup, boil 1 cup of water and add 1 cup of sugar, stir to combine and let it boil a bit to make sure sugar is dissolved, store in fridge for future use)
crushed ice

How to make Mint Julep
Moisten the top of the old fashioned glass with a damp paper towel and rim with sugar.
Tear the mint leaves and place them in the glass. Pour the simple syrup on top. Use a muddler to bruise the leaves (if you don’t have one, use the back of a spoon or something).
Add crushed ice to almost the top of the glass. Pour in enough bourbon to cover the ice.
Garnish with a mint leaf and sip with pleasure.

Of course, the proper glass to drink the Mint Julep out of is a special silver plated Mint Julep cup. You stir the drink in the cup with crushed ice, until a thin layer of ice frosts the outside of the cup.

Truth be told, I've never had a real mint julep but they sound so refreshing and so southern, and I love the story of the ceremony for guests. Just good ole fashioned southern hospitality.

Kit used is Miss Carol's new "Fun Kit" found at cjsscrapbookingwithattitude.

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