|While an authentic Mint Julep would be made of bourbon whiskey,there are many versions of this drink and methods of preparation vary considerably from one bartender to another.|
SPARKLING MINT JULEPS
Traditionally associated with the cuisine of the Southern United States,this stunning drink is the marriage of fresh,sweet mint with sparkling wine.For a non alcoholic version,the wine can be substituted with soda water.
I am dedicating this recipe to Nelly(aka Marnley),the magic behind Cooking With Books,and submitting it to her Virtual Bridal Shower.As she ties the knot with Brian today,10th Dec,2011 I congratulate her and wish her the most beautiful things in the world.May your wedding bring you endless joy and everlasting happiness Nelly!
Preparation Time : 1 minute
Cooking Time : 3 minutes
Servings : Makes one 250 ml glass
10 mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
40 ml water
100 ml soda water/sparkling wine - chilled
Ice - crushed
Sprig of mint
Tear the mint leaves with your hands,and stir them over low heat,along with the sugar and water in a small sauce pan.Stir constantly,aiding the sugar to dissolve and preventing it from caramelizing.After three minutes,switch off the heat and let this syrup stand till serving time.The mint will release its refreshing flavor and coolness.
At the time of serving,strain the syrup into a glass.You may like to use a champagne flute.Fill it with crushed ice,top with the cold soda water/sparkling wine and garnish with the mint sprig.
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