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Ginger Peach Julep

Ginger Peach Julep 1.000

Julia Ewan - The Washington Post

Jul 15, 2009

This twist on the mint julep took third place in the official cocktail contest of the 2009 Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. However, Spirits columnist Jason Wilson believes it should have won.

Be sure to use ripe summer peaches and high-quality bourbon. Although straining the mixture makes for a more polished drink, you can serve it unstrained; in that case, muddle in a highball glass and pack with crushed ice.


Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe peach slices
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce ginger syrup (see NOTE)
  • 8 to 10 mint leaves, plus a mint sprig for garnish
  • Crushed ice

Directions

Combine the peach slices, bourbon, ginger syrup and mint leaves in a mixing glass. Muddle gently, crushing the peaches and bruising (but not tearing) the mint leaves. Let the mixture sit for 2 or 3 minutes.

Pack a highball glass (or julep cup) with crushed ice, and insert a straw. Slowly pour the contents of the mixing glass through a strainer into the ice-packed glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

NOTE: To make ginger syrup, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 12 coin-size slices of ginger root in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass container and let cool to room temperature. Discard the ginger slices. It's ready to use, but for best flavor, cover tightly and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours; store indefinitely.


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Adapted from Wayne Curtis, drinks correspondent for the Atlantic and author of "And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the World in Ten Cocktails" (Crown, 2006).

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 261


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 11mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 20g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 19g

Protein: 1g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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