Thursday, December 27, 2012

Champagne Julep

When the clock strikes midnight and the glasses are raised to bring in the new year, what drink will you have to be toasting with?  Rather than than plain champagne, why not have the bartender make you a champagne julep.

The drink is a cousin of the traditional mint julep but with a bit of the bubbly to add flavor and make it more of a celebratory cocktail for new years and other occasions. Like with cooking, the quality of ingredients used can either make or break a drink. I strongly recommend using better grades of bourbon, such as Buffalo Trace, Wood ford reserve or Bullet along with champagne such as Moet or Veuve Clicquot.

This drink is a winner and I wish you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year.

God bless and cheers,

John Apodaca

Chamagne Julep

1 1/2 - 2 oz of Bourbon
1/2 oz simple syrup
5 - 7 mint leaves
Champagne ( dry)
mint sprig for garnish

Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup at the bottom of a julep cup or Collins glass.  Add bourbon, crushed ice and top off with champagne. Swizzle until glass or cup is frosted and garnish with a mint sprig.

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