Friday, February 15, 2013

A Signature Cocktail Inspiration - Orange Mint Julep

It's Friday afternoon...
definitely 5 o'clock somewhere...
a three day holiday weekend...
and almost 70 degrees in San Francisco!

I feel it's only appropriate to post a delicious signature cocktail inspiration.

Since we are deep in the details of many of our summer weddings this season, I'm sharing a cocktail that's fitting for a warm summer day but also packs a punch for the gentleman.

The Orange-Mint Julep is a twist on a classic Mint Julep cocktail but refined enough to serve for any chic affair. This drink is best served during any high point of the citrus season when the fruit it ripe and bright.

As with all details of your wedding, it's all about the presentation - the crystal, the garnish and display. I love the little handheld bottle basket these gorgeous amber glasses that are presented in shown in the image above.

Orange Mint Julep
2/3 cups of sugar
1 cup snipped fresh Mint
1 teaspoon shredded orange peel
2 cups orange juice
2/3 cups lemon juice
1/3 cups of Bourbon (or Vodka)
2 cups water

Directions: Mix sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; pour over mint leaves. Stir in orange peel, orange juice and lemon juice. Cover. Let stand at room temp for one hour. Strain mixture through a mesh strainer and add liquor. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Serve over crush iced and garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of a ripe orange.



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