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Strawberry Julep Punch

Posted in Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2015 by cocktailvultures

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There really isn’t anything better than sharing seasonal delights with your friends and guests — we’ve waited through a long, hard winter for ripe fruits, fresh herbs and the warm weather to enjoy them. For summer deck parties, putting everything in a bowl and allowing participants to serve themselves is the best way to go. With all this in mind, the Cocktail Vultures have a new summer punch for you. You can take care of several steps in the process earlier in the day or the night before.

Amounts for this recipe depend solely upon how big a bowl of punch you want to make. We formulated it using equal amounts of the three major ingredients. If you and your guests are lightweights, you can cut back on the bourbon a tad, but not by more than half.

Prep: Minted Bourbon

To a large glass container (a big Mason jar works great), add a few handfuls of fresh mint. Add bourbon and muddle — don’t go crazy, just press it. If you’re using a Mason jar, you can seal and shake it a bit.

Prep: Strawberry Purée

To a large saucepan, add 2 pints of hulled strawberries, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Muddle the strawberries lightly, then let cool and place in a blender. Blenderize until smooth. Chill in an airtight container.

Prep: Tea

Brew a quart or two (depending upon your plans) of strong, black tea, such as Irish Breakfast. Chill.

To a punch bowl, add equal amounts of minted bourbon, strawberry purée and cold tea. Toss in a few scoops of crushed ice to get the chilling started. Stir to combine. Now add a mountain of crushed ice to the center of the bowl and garnish with fresh mint and whole strawberries.

Let frosty, fruity fun prevail!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

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Jumbo Julep

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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When the Cocktail Vultures decide to throw a deck party, we have to ramp up those batches of booze. How do you craft a delicious Mint Julep and keep all those thirsty guests at bay?

Forget that muddler for now and put away the granulated sugar. Instead, whip up a batch of our Brown Sugar Syrup (two parts dark brown sugar to one part water http://cocktailvultures.com/2013/04/24/mint-julep-meets-brown-sugar-syrup/)
and get out your biggest shaker. Better yet a 2 quart Mason Jar.

Prep five glasses or Julep cups by packing them with crushed ice but leaving a space to insert a straw and some mint leaves as garnish.

To that great big shaker, add:

Ice cubes
A healthy handful of fresh mint leaves (Chocolate mint is our favorite variety)
10 ounces bourbon (we like the over-proof Fighting Cock http://www.heavenhill.com/brand/18 for juleps
2-3 ounces Brown Sugar Syrup
2 ounces cold water

Shake it like you mean it. You are “Ice-muddling” (a term of our creation) that mint. You’ll achieve a fresh mint flavor without any blackened, slimy chlorophyll at the bottom of your glasses.

Strain into the prepared glasses. Top with a little straight Bourbon if you want a stronger flavor.

Now fan yourself, Scarlett, because this one packs a wallop!

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

 

 

 

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The Gin Julep

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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The original julep, some believe. A whole different experience, refreshing but slightly astringent. A different gin will no doubt render a somewhat different result; we used Warwick American Dry Rustic Gin from the beautiful Hudson Valley.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle around two dozen mint leaves with a quarter cup of crushed ice.

Add:

3 ounces gin
1.5 ounces simple syrup
Another cup of crushed ice.

Shake vigorously. Strain into two julep cups (or two frozen Manhattan glasses) filled with crushed ice. Add a generous swath of fresh mint and a straw.

Happy afternoons on the porch…

Gin Julep

Posted in Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , on June 3, 2012 by cocktailvultures

The original julep, some believe. A whole different experience, refreshing but slightly astringent. A different gin will no doubt render a somewhat different result; we used Warwick American Dry Rustic Gin from the beautiful Hudson Valley.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle around two dozen mint leaves with a quarter cup of crushed ice.

Add:

3 ounces gin
1.5 ounces simple syrup
Another cup of crushed ice.

Shake vigorously. Strain into two julep cups (or two frozen Manhattan glasses) filled with crushed ice. Add a generous swath of fresh mint and a straw.

Happy afternoons on the porch…

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