I've been feeling the heat so much lately. It's subtly oppressive, draining my energy and leaving me restless at night in a bedroom that's too warm. So when it came to making today's cocktail, I went for the julep, a drink with a fine tradition of cooling and refreshing.
The julep evolved into its current state in the southern states of the USA, where it combines bourbon whiskey, mint, sugar and ice into a drink designed to beat the heat. This version varies slightly from with standard with the addition of some Irish summer berries which add colour and sweetness.
|Ingredients for a mixed berry julep|
To make a mixed berry julep, place 3 each raspberries and blackberries into the bottom of a glass and muddle gently.
Add 12 mint leaves (smash them gently between your palms first), 2 shots of bourbon and 3/4 shot of simple syrup. Top with crushed ice and churn (or stir) to combine all the ingredients. There's no real need to muddle the mint first as the alcohol will strip out the flavour anyway.
Once stirred, add more crushed ice and repeat. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, add a straw and sip until refreshed.
|Muddle the berries|
|Add ingredients, fill with crushed ice and stir|
|When ready, garnish with mint sprig|