Mint Julep (Cocktail)

Mint Julep (Cocktail)

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Even just for a minute... That means summer has arrived, Xmas is close and another year is almost over. But there is another exciting thing happening this December - Southern USA Food Month. Requested by a reader, initially I was surprised to have the US suggested. Not that I have anything against the US, it's just that most of what the rest of the world sees of US food is cheeseburgers, ribs and fast food in general. Not really my cup of tea. USA is a BIG country so I would never be able to do justice to all the regional foods. Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. That's what I'm going with. As the majority of my readers are from the USA, I'd love you to offer up some suggestions as to what I should cook. My initial reading has yielded some great ideas that I will be giving a try, and I was very pleased to find reference to several classic Southern USA cocktails. I'm always keen for an excuse to try out a new cocktail, so I noted them down to try. Smashed mint with sugar, whiskey and crushed ice. I made up the first one according to my cocktail book. But I was underwhelmed, in fact it felt like drinking straight whiskey on ice. So I went back and changed it around quite a bit - I don't know if that means it's no longer authentic, so I apologise if any American Cocktail fanatics take umbrage at my changes! You can put some ice in a ziplock bag, cover with a tea towel and smash it up with a sturdy rolling pin or meat tenderiser). Tear up the mint and put in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the sugar and the water.

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