Thirsty Thursday: Mint Julep Snow Cones
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.
When the 4th of July often means hot weather coupled with al fresco dining and outdoor firework gazing, a cooling summertime beverage is not only a suggestion, it’s a must! We’ve got just the cocktail to save the day: meet the Mint Julep Snow Cone, the cocktail version of your favorite childhood treat.
Muddle fresh mint leaves and sugar in silver julep cups. Top with shaved ice, pour on the bourbon, and mix the frosty concoction. Give this cocktail a positively patriotic twist by throwing a few blueberries and raspberries on top to garnish. It will be the star of your celebrations!
Bottoms up, folks.
- 5 fresh mint leaves, plus a few mint sprigs, for garnish
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Shaved ice
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- Lemon slice, for garnish, optional
- Orange slice, for garnish, optional
- Maraschino cherry, for garnish, optional
- Blueberries, for garnish, optional
Place mint leaves, sugar and a splash of water into a silver julep cup or a 12-ounce Tom Collins glass. Muddle the mint, sugar, and water together with the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill the glass with shaved ice, add the bourbon, and stir until combined. Garnish with a lemon or orange slice, a cherry, and a few sprigs of fresh mint.
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