Thirsty Thursday: The Mint Julep Margarita

By: Roberto Ferdman

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

This Saturday marks the sweet and alcoholic intersection of two of our favorite spirit-soaked holidays: Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day. While double-fisting with a margarita in one hand and mint julep in the other would do just fine, why not join the two into a single, sinful glass? Made with bourbon, orange liqueur, mint, sugar and lime, the Mint Julep Margarita goes as well with a fancy hat as it does with fresh guacamole and chips.

Bottoms up, folks.

The Mint Julep Margarita

Ingredients:

2 limes, each cut into 16 pieces

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

10 fresh mint leaves

2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce orange liqueur

1/4 cup seltzer

Directions:

Place the limes in a cocktail shaker. Sprinkle with the sugar and add the mint leaves. Muddle well, making sure the juice is really extracted from the limes and the sugar dissolves. Add the bourbon and orange liqueur. Add a couple of ice cubes, cover and shake well. Strain. Can be served over ice or straight. Top with seltzer.

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