Southern Style Julep
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Southern Style Julep
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The Southern Style Julep is a refreshing twist on the classic Mint Julep, deeply rooted in Southern American cocktail tradition. This rich and minty cocktail blends the sweet warmth of ... more The Southern Style Julep is a refreshing twist on the classic Mint Julep, deeply rooted in Southern American cocktail tradition. This rich and minty cocktail blends the sweet warmth of bourbon with the robust flavor of Jamaican rum, complemented by the cool, aromatic freshness of muddled mint leaves. It is typically served in a lowball glass, packed with crushed ice, making it a perfect beverage for hot summer days or Derby Day celebrations. With a complexity of flavors that balances herbal notes with the deep sweetness of sugar, the Southern Style Julep is a sophisticated drink that offers a satisfying depth with every sip.
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Jamaican rum
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Mint
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36.73% | 3.6 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Southern Style Julep

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
In a mixing glass muddle the sugar with the mint leaves and a dash of the bourbon
Add the rest of the bourbon and Jamaican rum, before shaking well with ice
Strain into a crushed ice-filled lowball glass, garnish with a sprig of mint, then serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Muddle  ·  Dash  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the best occasion to enjoy a Southern Style Julep?

The Southern Style Julep, with its refreshing minty flavor and rich mix of Jamaican rum and bourbon, is perfect for warm summer evenings, garden parties, or as a celebrated cocktail during horse racing events, particularly the Kentucky Derby, where the mint julep has long been a traditional beverage.

FAQ

How does the taste of Jamaican rum influence the Southern Style Julep?

Jamaican rum adds a rich and slightly fruity complexity to the Southern Style Julep, enhancing the cocktail with its bold flavors. This type of rum often carries notes of vanilla, banana, and sometimes a spicy undertone, which complements the sweetness of the sugar and the freshness of the mint leaves, making the cocktail more layered and intriguing.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Southern Style Julep?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Southern Style Julep can easily be prepared by substituting the alcoholic components with non-alcoholic alternatives. For example, using a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute or a combination of tea or apple juice with a hint of almond extract can mimic the depth of bourbon, while non-alcoholic rum flavoring or simple syrup infused with rum essence can replace Jamaican rum.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What's the significance of using a lowball glass for a Southern Style Julep?

Using a lowball glass for the Southern Style Julep serves a few purposes. Firstly, its wide opening allows the aroma of the mint and the alcohol to be fully appreciated. Secondly, the lowball glass has just the right size and shape to hold the desired amount of ice without diluting the drink too quickly, preserving the cocktail's strength and flavor profile throughout the enjoyment.

FAQ

Is there a particular type of mint that works best in the Southern Style Julep?

While any fresh mint can add the characteristic cool and refreshing note to the Southern Style Julep, spearmint is often the preferred choice for its optimal balance between sweetness and minty freshness, without being overly pungent. Spearmint's delicate flavor complements the robustness of the bourbon and the complexity of the Jamaican rum, making the cocktail more harmonious.

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