Today, a mint julep seems like the most appropriate cocktail to compliment all those BBQ conversations about horse racing and the impending heat. So fire up the grill, stock the ice chest, and invite some friends for a backyard feast with a special Twist.
1 ounce club soda
2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
15 fresh mint leaves, plus some small sprigs for garnish
3 ounces of a high-quality whiskey
Crushed ice (helps the drink cool more quickly and provides needed dilution)
In a julep cup, stir together club soda and sugar until sugar just begins to dissolve. Add mint leaves and, using glass muddler or back of large spoon, gently press leaves into sugar syrup until slightly darkened but not completely crushed. Add whiskey, then fill cup with crushed ice and, using long spoon, stir briefly. Tuck mint sprigs into top of cup and insert short straw.
About the “julep” cup: this drink is traditionally served in a silver or pewter “julep” cup that develops a characteristic frost on the outside as the drink is stirred. However, you could substitute any 10-ounce glass.