Mint juleps aren’t for Derby anymore! Don’t you just love a mint julep? Not the ones they serve in masses at the track, but the real, homemade type. I love a good mint julep and they are so easy to make. I wanted to share my version of a summertime strawberry mint julep.
You have to start with the real deal, which is homemade simple syrup. Don’t be scared, it’s not hard. And if you make a batch of it, it will last several weeks. Or, at least until you run out of bourbon!
The recipe for simple syrup is 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and a sprig of fresh mint leaves. Tear the leaves off of the stim, but don’t tear the leaves. You will be fishing those out as the syrup cools.
Boil the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Should be about 3 minutes. While cooling remove the mint leaves. Let cool completely then put in a storage container ( I use an olive oil dispenser). You can keep it in the refrigerator for about a month. Ok, so now you have your base. Here’s the recipe:
- 2 parts Bourbon (use a middle of the road bourbon, you don’t have to use Pappy)
- 1/2 part simple syrup
- 1/2 part lemon juice
- several strawberries
- a fresh sprig of mint
Place your strawberries in a glass and be sure to muddle them until they have broken up. Add all ingredients, including ice to the shaker and shake, shake, shake. Pour into a julep cup, Moscow Mule cup or a highball glass. Garnish with the fresh mint.
I love to find a series that I can sink my teeth into. Binge watching is so fun, especially during the summer when the selection is limited. I look for programs that really develops characters and helps you to get to know them, like they are your friends and family!
Binge watching is also good for long trips. Road trips, plane trips and vacations are a great time to catch up programs that you may have missed during the year. Download some shows that interest you and kick back and relax!
I discovered the show Power a couple of years ago. Power is a series is on Starz network. It’s about a nightclub owner in NYC, who also happens to be a drug dealer. The show has love triangles, great fashion, cool scenery and how could you not like a show that has 50 Cent as the producer and one of the stars. He is a serious badass!
Check it out below. You’ll need to catch up on a few seasons, but I think you will like it. The new season starts on July 1.
Yes, you read it correctly. Glitter beer is a real thing! I’m not really a beer drinker but I might have to try some of this. Has anyone tried any of it?
After doing some research about this totally fun product I’ve found that glitter beer is a hot new trend according to CraftBeer.com. Glitter beer is currently being made from several brewers including Sasquatch’s Gold Dust Woman, a New England IPA. The glitter is completely edible and safe. I know what you’re thinking, you won’t have an issue on the back-end. 🙂
Some folks may think that the glitter dust contained in the beer comes from Unicorns, but that is incorrect!
“The glitter is called Luster Dust, which is made from sugar, maltodextrin and mica-based pearlescent pigments,” according to Madeline McCarthy of Sasquatch Brewery in Portland, Oregon.
Personally I would like to see the beer a lot more glittery but this is certainly a start! Cheers, xoxo.