Nevermind that I didn’t have bourbon on hand or that I didn’t feel like crushing my ice—I was going to drink a mint julep. Its incarnation took two forms, with Southern Comfort (seemed appropriate) and Johnnie Walker Black Label. Just one more hurdle: I’ve been attempting to replace sugar with honey or agave in every recipe, and this culinary adventure would be no exception. So here’s what I went with.
- 6 fresh mint sprigs, bruised
- 2 tsp raw organic honey
- 1 1/2 oz Southern Comfort or JWBL
- glass of ice
It’s not traditional and it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of liquor, but on a day when I really could’ve gone for a beautiful, wide-brimmed hat and classy fan, my little tasting experiment did the trick. Plus, who doesn’t like to feel a tad “Mad Men,” swirling a glass around, from time to time?