This recipe doesn’t deviate too heavily from the original, but employs a bit of champagne to mellow out the sugar and give the drink a bit of cosmopolitan elegance on top of its genteel roots.
|6 mint leaves|
|1 tsp. superfine sugar or ½ oz. simple syrup|
|2 oz. bourbon|
|4 oz. champagne|
Preparation: How to make a Champagne Julep
- In a julep cup, muddle 4 of the mint leaves and the sugar or simple syrup (if using sugar, also add a few drops of water to help with dissolution).
- Fill cup three-quarters of the way with crushed ice.
- Add bourbon and stir very gently.
- Add more crushed ice.
- Add champagne.
- Fill cup with crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of bruised mint, and serve.