It took us about 5 hours to travel down to our hotel ..we stopped just outside of Fairhope, Alabama in the usual hotel we like to stay in when we go down there ..they know us by name and sight nowadays ..so always a warm welcome back
It is set in a quant old fashioned country home ...you know the type with the wrap around Country porch ...
It was a little girls Birthday party this time around and we were lucky enough to see the little girls arriving in their Victorian dresses too ..it looked delightful.
Neither of them really took my eye ..and some of them were a little pricey for me.
Mint Julep anyone !!
I have only had a sip of this Southern tipple once and near about died !!!
Not quite for me but for those that would like to try one
Here is the recipe
- 4 cups bourbon
- 2 bunches fresh spearmint
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Powdered sugar
To prepare mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl. Cover with 3 ounces bourbon. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in paper toweling. Thoroughly wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.
To prepare simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.
To prepare mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.
Now begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste-generally about 3 tablespoons. When you think it's right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to "marry" the flavors.
To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a spring of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.
When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice. Serve immediately.
I hope that you have had a wonderful celebration if it's your Birthday this month.
I must say that the sugar free chocolates I bought were just delicious what a pity they are all gone and the candy shop is so far away !!