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Mint Julep

Postby Buddy » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:06 pm

I've always had a mild curiosity what a mint julep is like, but being from the state of Washington, and now living in nor cal, I never really had one. So yesterday I was in the local Bev-Mo looking fer bitters when I happened across a bottle of "Old Forester Mint Julep". Ya know that bottle jumped right off the shelf and into my cart. Later that evening I had to throw a few cubes in a glass and pour some of that stuff over them. I guess the best way I could describe the taste would be like extra-sweet Nyquil. :barf:

Is this what a mint julep is suppose to taste like, or did Old Forester just provide a market for expired bottles of Nyquil? :idea:
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:41 pm

You might have better luck with a proper mint julep coctail recipe. Start with a decent bourbon and go from there.
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby Buddy » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:30 pm

S-Cackalacky wrote:You might have better luck with a proper mint julep coctail recipe. Start with a decent bourbon and go from there.


S, ya caught me being lazy. I tried it again tonight thinned down with about 70% mediocre bourbon (not yet sure I'd want to waste good bourbon or rye on this) and it was better. After reading the recipes for MJ's I suspect they just may knot be my cup of tea. I generally prefer to drink my bourbon, rye, scotch or brandy over rocks with a little touch of water, so the added sugar is part of what turns me off. Maybe I should take your advice and leave out the simple syrup. :doh: And to think I started out at Bev-Mo to procure bitters to see if I would like a touch of them in my swill, bought 3 different kinds and haven't tried any of them yet. :!:
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:52 am

The official Kentucky Derby Mint Julep uses Woodford Reserve bourbon as its base spriit - https://www.woodfordreserve.com/mint_ju ... gLQvPD_BwE .

Edit: Buy your wife a big hat, make her a mint julep, and call it a vacation to Kentucky.
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby RedwoodHillBilly » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:22 am

Or you could try a "Redneck Mint Julep" :)
http://www.distillerytrail.com/blog/how ... fographic/
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby S-Cackalacky » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:27 am

Redneck ingenuity at its best. :doh:
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby Buddy » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:19 pm

RedwoodHillBilly wrote:Or you could try a "Redneck Mint Julep" :)
http://www.distillerytrail.com/blog/how ... fographic/


Ya know I wuz tryin' 2 finger out what kind of mint to use, and this really simplifies the whole thing. I could even substitute rye. :8)
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby sasquatch » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:58 pm

Love the redneck way, simple, easy, good in extreme cold weather. :8)

Mint in the booze never went to far with me also, but try basil.
First tried it with vodka and strawberries as a lemonade and it rocked.
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Re: Mint Julep

Postby just sayin' » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:03 pm

I have a big pot of spearmint on my driveway, it is almost as invasive as the yellow grove bamboo out back. I make one mint julep a year on Derby Day. I normally drink my whisk(e)y with a tiny amount of water at room temperature. It surprises me but I do enjoy that single adulterated whiskey each year. I tried I once with mint and fresh stevia leaves instead of sugar. It was not bad either.
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