This cocktail was born out of a need to use up some mint, try a new cocktail and, of course, incorporate Maple Syrup. As a native Vermonter I prefer Maple Syrup to just about any other sweetener and since I have a ton of Mint growing in the garden I thought "What could be better than Mint Juleps with Maple?" Thus, the Yankee Mint Julep was born. A little sweet, a little surly, and oh-so-refreshing. The Yankee Julep is a cocktail that will taste delicious no matter where you're from. So don your flannel, or your gigantic hats, or both (we wont judge), and sip this summery cocktail with a friend. Bringing folks together is, after all, what it's all about.
- 3-4 Mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- 1 oz Grade A Dark (formerly Grade B) Vermont Maple Syrup
- Crushed ice
- Kentucky Bourbon (I used Wild Turkey, but anything that is sippable is suitable)
- Highball Glass
- 1 oz shot glass or jigger
- In a highball glass, muddle 1 oz of maple syrup and 3-4 mint leaves until leaves are bruised and emitting a minty smell.
- Top your muddle mint and syrup with crushed ice, filling the glass to the brim.
- Fill with bourbon and stir so the syrup is well incorporated.
- Wait till the glass is frosty, giving the ice just enough time to melt a little, stir once more, top with a sprig of mint and enjoy!
This recipe makes 1 delicious cocktail - doubling or tripling the recipe to enjoy with friends is highly encouraged!