Today I am starting a new series on cocktails that I have found on Tik Tok.
This first cocktail is from Julianna McIntosh or on Tik Tok she is Join Jules. She started back 2020 when the world was changing every day and wanted to create a new understanding of what cocktails can and should be.
She is always fun to watch and I really appreciate her take on some classics.
Here are some fun facts that she shared.
Between the Kentucky Oaks (held the day before the big race) and the Kentucky Derby, nearly 120,000 Mint Juleps are served using 10,000 bottles of bourbon and 60,000 lbs of crushed ice, 2,250 lbs of fresh mint.
It’s the first popular cocktail to be served with ice. As ice houses began to pop up using ice as a garnish became popular. Some versions include using hailstones and ice from frozen lakes.
Kentucky at one point was a part of Virginia and as Virginia encouraged settlement of it's western territory, people brought 2 things with them as they moved west, horses and stills.
Teddy Roosevelt loved mint juleps.
Ernest Hemingway once had a tantrum in a French bar, smashing his glass against a wall and screaming, "Doesn't anyone in this god-forsaken country know how to make a mint Julep".
Jules’ Buzzed & Wired Julep
What you’ll need
-Silver/PewterJulep cup (if you can) Double Rocks (if you can’t)
-Julep Straw (if you got the julep cup, you better get the julep straw) or regular straw it you can’t
-Wooden hammer (it’ll probably come with the lewis bag)
To a cocktail shaker add:
-1 ounce bourbon
-2 ounces cold brew or chilled espresso
-½ ounce simple syrup
-¾ ounce coffee liqueur
-5 mint leaves
Moderate shake (don’t get angry)
Strain over freshly crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint
As always I am open to hear your take and your input. You can reach me at [email protected]