We are getting into prime mint julep season my friends. The Master’s is on this weekend and the Kentucky Derby is less than a month away. Better bust out the linen suit and commission some fine millinery.
I do love a good hat. I don’t have a face for sunglasses, I look like a bug in about 97% of shades but I do have some strong bone structure that can support a very fancy hat. In fact, I’m known as the tiny hat girl amongst my close friends. I have a fascinator for pretty much every occasion. You might be wondering how many occasions would call for a fascinator, and to that I say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Never doubt me. Just like you shouldn’t doubt the pure, refreshing goodness of this cocktail. I was toying with the idea of what would happen if you cross-bred a mint julep with a Moscow mule and ended up with this result.
I tested this cocktail with both bourbon and vodka. As you might have noticed by now, I have a certain affinity for bourbon. Nevertheless, in my blind taste test, the bourbon version was decidedly better. The vodka kind of got lost in the mix but the bourbon stood up and took a gentlemanly bow.
The ginger kombucha brings a really interesting fermented funkiness to this drink. I also like it because it makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my gut health as I’m imbibing.
If you are poor like me and don’t have a fridge that is equipped with a crushed ice option, I’d strongly encourage you to consider investing in a Lewis bag and mallet. It’s a very simple concept: put the ice in the bag, hammer away at the ice-filled bag with a giant mallet.
The Lewis bag and mallet work beautifully to create finely crushed ice and relieve all your stresses – plus, you get to chase it with a stiff drink. Fuckboys got you down? Lewis bag and crushed ice cocktails. Brenda in accounting refusing to reimburse you for that lost receipt? Lewis bag and crushed ice cocktails. Flunked out of your new keto diet after 3 hours? Lewis bag and crushed ice cocktails.
This tipple is guaranteed to carry you through Derby Day and well into the summer months. It pairs well with sitting on a porch swing at sunset, day-drinking or feeling like Colonel Saunders. Cheers to the weekend and the promise of Spring!
- 2 oz bourbon
- 2 oz ginger kombucha
- 7 mint leaves
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- 2 tsp water
- squeeze fresh lime juice
In a julep cup, muddle mint with powdered sugar and water. Top with crushed ice. Add bourbon, ginger kombucha and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Stir. Mound with more crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.