Hiya! It's Julia checking in with our second installment of DIY kitchen goodness.
After we finished up the lemonade and took a brief break to sample the merchandise :) we returned to the kitchen with visions of lazy summer afternoons, rocking chairs and wrap around porches in our heads. We were in the perfect state of mind to mix up the workshop's signature drink- a homemade Mint Julep!
We started with mint, sugar, bourbon, and lemon cane sugar. We also had some ice chillen' in the freezer!
First, we roughly chopped the mint. This time I remembered to keep my poor little fingers out of harms way!
Does anything smell better than freshly chopped mint? Just looking at it makes my mouth water!
Next, we mixed 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water, and the mint leaves in a saucepan and brought it to a boil.
We decided to put our own little spin on the Mint Juleps and used J&M's polka dot glasses instead of traditional silver goblets. A very good decision if I do say so myself! We coated the rim with some lemon flavored cane sugar... DE-lish!
First we tried water on the rim of the glass but the cane sugar wouldn't stick! Thank goodness, Alicia pointed out that we should probably use the mint syrup we were making! Perfection!
Next, we crushed some ice using a metal mallet. Once again Alicia came to my rescue! Just as I was about to crush the ice on the cutting board, she reminded me we should probably put it in a plastic bag first!! If she hadn't, the ice would have been everywhere!! LOL!
After the sugar was completely melted we took it off the heat to cool. After it had finished cooling, we poured 4 oz of bourbon over the ice and then topped it off with about 1/4 cup of the mint syrup.
We added a mint leaf garnish and it was ready to be served! Doesn't it look refreshing?!?
Stop by tomorrow morning for the final installment of our Old Fashioned Lemonade DIY projects!!