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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Carolina style Mint Julep

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Mint Julep is believed to have originated in the southern United States, some time during the eighteenth century. It is widely reported that U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky introduced the drink to Washington, D.C., at the Round Robin Bar in the famous Willard Hotel during his residence in the city.  However in South Carolina, the beverage includes adding the basic Mint Julep recipe to "sweet iced tea".

Traditional Mint Julep

4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

There are many versions of how to make the basic Mint Julep. The idea is to create a simple mint syrup by steeping in a cup of water fresh mint leaves that are crushed. Add sugar and allow to cool. In a glass filled with shaved ice, add Bourbon and mint syrup water. Garnish with additional crushed ice and a mint sprig.
This is for one to two servings, so adjust accordingly.

To make the Carolina style mint Julep just make a single serving of iced tea over the shaved ice, and add the mint julep mixture to it.
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