December is associated with winter, skiing, the holidays, and festive gatherings. But, did you know that December has actually become one of the most popular months to tie the knot? June is so last year. Ring in the newlyweds with a festive, fresh cocktail because December is the new wedding season.
We love this fresh and delicious Mint Juleps. Give this Big Batch Mint Julep recipe a try to ring in the happy couple at wedding showers, bachelorette parties, and welcome parties. The options to celebrate are endless!
Nothing says love like a little sprig of mint and a festive drink to lift up. This is the recipe for all of the newlyweds or engaged couples that are simply MINT TO BE.
Mint To Be Mint Julep RecipeCourse: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Mint Julep by the Kitchn
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
3 bunches fresh mint leaves, divided
30 ounces Kentucky bourbon
1-liter sparkling water or club soda, preferably chilled
Powdered sugar (optional)
- Make mint simple syrup: Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Submerge 1 cup of tightly packed mint leaves in the liquid. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and infuse for 1 hour. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean, lidded jar. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
- Muddle the mint and mix the cocktail: Drop 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves into the bottom of a pitcher. Muddle using a wooden spoon to release the mint’s essential oils by pressing down and slightly twisting your utensil. The mint should appear bruised but not torn or blackened. Stir in the bourbon and mint simple syrup.
- Crush the ice: Wrap ice cubes in a clean tea towel. Pound with a rolling pin or meat mallet to crush the ice.
- Serve: Scoop enough ice into individual julep cups or Old Fashioned glasses until they are very full. Pour in 3 ounces of the bourbon and mint syrup mixture. Top with a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired!
- Cheers to all of the lovebirds out there!