Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Peach Raspberry Mint Julep

Originally posted on HerKentucky!

We all know what's right around the corner--the Kentucky Derby!  One race tradition is to have the famed Mint Julep!  According to The Kentucky Derby Museum, the Mint Julep has been sold at the Derby since 1938.  Mint Juleps are traditionally served in silver or pewter cups, but this recipe is too beautiful to place in anything but a Mason jar! 

{Peach Raspberry Mint Julep}

Traditional mint juleps are just simple syrup, bourbon, mint and ice, but I wanted something a little different this year.  I was speaking with a bartender, and they made some suggestions that I had to try!  For instance, using honey instead of simple syrup and adding some fruit.  At the last minute, I decided to pour some sparkling cider in this drink which gives this a light, crisp finish.  Watch out though!  Those peaches pack a bourbon punch!

{I used Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon (seriously delicious, and I am not a bourbon drinker!)}
{Peaches soaked in bourbon overnight}

{Muddle fruit and mint together to release and mingle the flavors}

Peach Raspberry Mint Julep

Serves 8

Prep time: 10 minutes
Stand time: 1 day
Assembly time: 10 minutes

2 peaches, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 cup Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon (or whichever bourbon you prefer)**
1 pint raspberries
1 package mint leaves
8 tablespoons KY Proud honey, divided (one for each drink)
1 liter sparkling cider

  1. The day before your event, mix peaches and bourbon together and allow to set overnight.
  2. Place a few peach chunks, a couple of raspberries, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 4-5 mint leaves in each glass.
  3. Take a spoon and muddle the fruit together.
  4. Add 1 oz of bourbon to each glass.
  5. Top with ice.
  6. Pour cider over ice.
  7. Stir drink with a spoon.
  8. Serve!

**Bourbon is a form of alcohol so please be responsible while consuming any beverage containing it.**

To say that this was delicious was an understatement!  I can see making this beyond just for the KY Derby, during those hot summer days, when we have fresh peaches (we used peaches that we froze from last year) and mint that we planted. 

Have you ever had a mint julep?
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