Summer’s is almost at the door, the weather’s just perfect for flavorful adult drinks. This one’s refreshing and delicious!
Vanilla Mint Julep
A delicious summer drink, a vanilla infused variation on the classic mint julep.
- 1 ounce plain vodka
- Dash of fresh lime juice
- Dash of sugar syrup *
- 3 mint sprigs
- 1 cup cracked ice
- 2 ounces Vanilla Bourbon **
- Combine the vodka, lime juice, and sugar syrup in a shaker.
- Add 2 of the mint sprigs and the cracked ice. Pour in the bourbon and stir, gently bruising the leaves.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig.
* Sugar Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- In a small saucepan add the water, then the sugar. Bring the water to a boil while stirring.
- Reduce the heat and continue stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Cool to room temperature.
- Select a clean container and using a funnel, pour the sugar syrup into the container, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
The sugar syrup must be completely cooled before adding to the infusion, lest you burn off some of the alcohol and affect the flavor. I prefer to use bottled water rather than tap water.
** Vanilla Liqueur
- 1-750 ml of vodka, or bourbon
- 2 vanilla beans, split lenghtwise
- 1/2 cup sugar syrup (optional)
- Decant the spirits into a clean 2 quart glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Add the split vanilla beans, including the seeds, to the spirits. Allow the spirits to infuse away from the direct sunlight and intense heat for 1 month. Shake the container a few times a week.
- When satisfied with the intensity of flavor, strain the liqueur through a coffee filter into a bowl. Discard the solids. Strain again if needed. Add the sugar syrup to taste, if desired.
- Using a funnel, pour the liqueur into the original bottle. Label with the name of the liqueur and the date. Age the liqueur for one month, away from light and heat.
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!