Ginger Julep

It’s still summer time, and it’s still freaking hot and humid here in the Northeast.  This means a refreshing cocktail can be necessary to beat the heat.  Being fans of ginger and juleps, we knew this ginger julep from Saveur would be exactly what we needed to cool down a bit.  It gets bonus points for being as simple to make as it is delicious.

ginger julep ingredients

Ginger Julep
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. ginger liqueur*
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
2 springs of mint 

Fill a cocktail shaker with mint and crushed ice and muddle to bruise the mint.  Add bourbon, ginger liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice and shake.  Strain into a glass. Garnish with mint.

ginger julep

What a great combination of flavors.  All of the flavors are balanced perfectly and have their moments to shine.  After one sip, we thought, “The lemon juice really makes this cocktail.”  A few seconds later we thought, “The ginger liqueur really stands out.”  It’s really like a subtle sequence of flavors that flow from one to the other, all blended together with the bourbon background.  That’s a really complicated way of saying the ginger julep is a drink that you should make.  

*We used our homemade ginger liqueur, but Domaine de Canton is what you’ll likely find at your liquor store or have on hand.  Domaine de Canton is delicious, too.

July 25, 2012 | Comments | Permalink |

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