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Cocktail Recipe: Strawberry Whiskey Smash

The Whiskey Smash, resurrected and tweaked many years ago at the Rainbow Room by Dale DeGroff, is one of the best summertime bourbon drinks. Cold and refreshing, the mix of tart citrus and sweet mint/fruit makes for a delicious balance with the whiskey. (And it’s also, in my opinion, a better drink than the far more popular Mint Julep. It’s certainly a more complex one.)

Here is a variation with strawberries from Benny Hurwitz, bartender at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in D.C. This is an easily modifiable cocktail, so you can change up the ingredients based on what you have, as long as you stick to the same basic concept and proportions. And, as always, use a good bourbon.

Strawberry Whiskey Smash

Strawberry Whiskey Smash

Adapted from a recipe by Benny Hurwitz of the Jack Rose Saloon in Washington, D.C, after Dale DeGroff.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup (1:1)
  • 1/2 Lemon (cut into 3 wedges)
  • 2-3 Strawberries (depending on size)
  • 5 Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. Muddle the strawberries, lemon and mint with the simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Add the whiskey and shake with ice. Fine strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and strawberry.
  2. For a stronger drink, you can increase the amount of bourbon to 2 oz.
https://professorcocktail.com/2017/07/20/cocktail-recipe-strawberry-whiskey-smash/

Original recipe courtesy of WTOP.

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Cocktail Recipe: Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby is coming up on May 2, and you know what that means. Mint Juleps! No, not because they’re trendy — because they’re good.

The Mint Julep, a frosty-cold and sweet snow cone of an adult beverage, is one of the true treats of the warm weather season. In the days before air conditioning, they were cherished in the South for their ability to cool you down when the temperature was hot, and thus became a traditional summertime libation that continues until this day.

The recipe for a classic Mint Julep, courtesy of Dale DeGroff, is included below.

Or try The Queen’s Julep from Bob Peters, a twist on the original featuring the addition of Fernet Branca Mentha, the bittersweet and minty Italian  amaro.

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Adapted from a recipe by King Cocktail Dale DeGroff.

Feel free to substitute your favorite brand of bourbon. Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, while the Old Forester Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. But any good quality bourbon will work.

Use tender, young sprigs of mint, which last longer and look better.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup or 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 4 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Mint Sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare some very cold, very dry powdered ice by crushing chunks of ice inside a canvas ice bag. Bruise the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with simple syrup or sugar. Add ice to the three quarter mark and add half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon. Continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.
https://professorcocktail.com/2015/04/23/cocktail-recipe-mint-julep/

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Cocktail Recipe: The Queen’s Julep

The Queen’s Julep

The Queen’s Julep

Adapted from a recipe by Punch Room Head Mixologist Bob Peters.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Fernet Branca Menta
  • 8 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Mint Sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Muddle mint leaves in a shaker. Add bourbon, simple syrup, and Fernet Branca Menta. Add ice and shake. Double strain and pour over crushed ice in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.
https://professorcocktail.com/2015/04/23/cocktail-recipe-the-queens-julep/

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Cocktail Recipe: Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep (Batch of 8)

Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep

Yield: 8 drinks

Tom Bulleit’s Authentic Mint Julep

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 8 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 30-40 Fresh Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. To make the julep mix: Prepare mint extract by removing the small, tender mint leaves. Wash, pat dry and put 30-40 leaves in a small mixing bowl and cover with 3 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon. Soak the leaves for at least 15 minutes. Remove the mint leaves, place in a clean cotton cloth and wring vigorously over the bowl, bruising the leaves. Keep dipping the cloth in bourbon (several times) and wringing the leaves so the juice of the mint is dripped back into the bourbon. Set this mint extract aside for at least 1 hour. (Or if you prefer, you can place the mint leaves back in the extract for a more concentrated mint flavor.) Combine the mint extract with the simple syrup in a covered glass container or jar and refrigerate overnight.
  2. To make the drinks: Fill each cup with crushed ice and add 1 1/3 oz. of bourbon and 1 oz. marinated julep mix. Top off cup with crushed ice (10-20% over the rim, like a snow cone). Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, add a small drinking straw, and serve with a napkin.
https://professorcocktail.com/2014/04/29/cocktail-recipe-tom-bulleits-authentic-mint-julep-batch-of-8/

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Cocktail Recipe: Southside

Southside

Southside

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 6-8 Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. Muddle the mint, juice, and syrup gently in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add gin and ice and shake. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a mint leaf.
https://professorcocktail.com/2014/02/18/cocktail-recipe-southside/