Friday, May 2, 2008

Rosemary & Orange Mint Julep

That's (Rosemary) + ((Orange) Mint) = Julep.

Here's a great way to jazz up a traditional mint julep for a Kentucky Derby party. I really like the idea of combining savory herbs in simple syrups to cut the sweetness of the syrup itself and to provide a deeper base for the drink. Rosemary tastes great with citrus, and citrus tastes great with bourbon, so this seems to be a win-win from all perspectives!

Serves 8
2 cups bourbon
3 cups rosemary and orange mint syrup

Chill bourbon and syrup. Place about 1" of orange peel plus 4-6 orange mint leaves in each glass. Muddle, with syrup. Ice glasses with shaved ice and pour in bourbon and syrup mixture. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Rosemary and orange mint syrup
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 sprig rosemary
1 orange, peeled
10-12 mint leaves

Bring sugar and water to a low boil in a saucepan. Sitr in rosemary, orange peel and mint leaves, and boil for 3 minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Strain syrup using a sieve or colander to remove the herbs and orange peel (run it through cheesecloth again if there's any small sediment). Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow flavors develop. Keeps for 2 weeks refrigerated.

Chris Freeland
cfreeland27 (at)

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