What could be more welcome on a warm, sultry evening in early spring than a beautifully created mint julep?
Whisky cocktails don’t come much more refreshing than a mint julep. Serve over mounds of crushed ice and top with freshly picked garden mint, this one is one of our favourites. The mint julep of modern times is historically symbolic of the long, hot summers of it’s heartland, Kentucky. At the annual Kentucky Derby, the crowd is vibrant and bustling with attendees sipping this thirst-quenching whisky drink. Legend has it though, that the julep has roots in ancient Persia. That was way back before we had a true understanding of the water of life; the julep was actually a non-alcoholic drink made from rosewater. ‘Julep’ comes from the Persian translation for rosewater, ‘gulab’. This age-old recipe found its way across Europe in the 1600s, picking up additional ingredients like mint along the way, before reaching America, where it gradually evolved into an alcoholic drink.
For quite some time following that, the julep became the commonplace go-to for everything from medicinal preparation to a recreational party tipple. It wasn’t until the birth of the commercial ice trade in the early 19th century that it really accelerated. With mountains of crushed ice now available on demand, the mint julep quickly became one of the most popular cocktails in the US, and remained so until the late 1800s.
The contentious history of Julep construction has seen expressions from bourbon, to rye and brandy. Naturally, in celebration of World Whisky Day, we’ve packed ours with The ONE British Isles Blended Whisky. The icy chill and sweet hint of sugar syrup, the glow from the Lakes whisky, and the fresh mint fragrance all suit these milder evenings.
But how to make this delightful drink spot-on? Look no further…
50ml The One British Blended Whisky
1 x spoon Sugar
10 – 15 Mint leaves
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
Add mint, sugar and bitters to crushed ice, pour over 1 shot of whisky and churn, add more ice and final shot of whisky and churn again to fully combine. Per-fect-o!