Champagne Julep Recipe

Bourbon, Mint, Sugar, Champagne
Champagne Julep
Photo for Will Shenton
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.

Ingredients

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

  1. 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).
  2. Fill cup three-quarters of the way with crushed ice.
  3. Add bourbon and stir very gently.
  4. Add more crushed ice.
  5. Add champagne.
  6. Fill cup with crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of bruised mint, and serve.
Champagne Julep