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Liquid Friday: Sparkling Mint Julep

While an authentic Mint Julep would be made of bourbon whiskey,there are many versions of this drink and methods of preparation vary considerably from one bartender to another.

Traditionally associated with the cuisine of the Southern United States,this stunning drink is the marriage of fresh,sweet mint with sparkling wine.For a non alcoholic version,the wine can be substituted with soda water.
I am dedicating this recipe to Nelly(aka Marnley)
,the magic behind Cooking With Books,and submitting it to her Virtual Bridal Shower.As she ties the knot with Brian today,10th Dec,2011 I congratulate her and wish her the most beautiful things in the world.May your wedding bring you endless joy and everlasting happiness Nelly!

I am also sending this recipe to Kavi's Jingle All The Way event.

Preparation Time : 1 minute

Cooking Time : 3 minutes

Servings : Makes one 250 ml glass


10 mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
40 ml water
100 ml soda water/sparkling wine - chilled
Ice - crushed
Sprig of mint

Tear the mint leaves with your hands,and stir them over low heat,along with the sugar and water in a small sauce pan.Stir constantly,aiding the sugar to dissolve and preventing it from caramelizing.After three minutes,switch off the heat and let this syrup stand till serving time.The mint will release its refreshing flavor and coolness.
At the time of serving,strain the syrup into a glass.You may like to use a champagne flute.Fill it with crushed ice,top with the cold soda water/sparkling wine and garnish with the mint sprig.

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Oh what a gorgeous drink! Thank you so much for the lovely wishes!

09/12/2011, 12:38

This looks so refreshing right now! Happy to celebrate Nelly's Big Day with You!

09/12/2011, 18:18

What a delicious way to celebrate nelly's big day!

09/12/2011, 19:19

A fitting tribute to the sparkling Nelly! Yummy and refreshing:)

09/12/2011, 19:38

Thanks for joining the virtual shower, had fun! Perfect drink for the shower.

10/12/2011, 01:36

I adore minty drinks. Such a breath of refreshment!

10/12/2011, 06:54

Cheers! Nice addition to the virtual shower!

16/12/2011, 16:24

Hi, thanx for linking to my event. Please go through the event rules. You have to mention my event name & link at least. Kindly make the changes to be eligible for Roundup. Thanks.
( Jingle All The Way)

16/12/2011, 16:26

also, please RE-LINK your post as there was some problem with the link up. Sorry for the trouble. Thanks!

23/01/2012, 10:10

It sounds like mojito:)

05/02/2012, 03:46

Thanks so much for participating in Jingle All The Way. I’ve posted the Roundup here. Do have a look.
Also, I’m hosting Kid's Delight - Something Sweet for Jan 16th-Feb15th 2012. I would love to have your posts linked there. :-)
Kavi (Edible Entertainment)

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