I've never done a julep before here. And since it's Derby Day, this kinda seemed like an appropriate moment. Besides:
Look at this magnificent beast.
Sigh. My chickens are such saints.
But back to the drink. My version includes all of the usual suspects: Mint. Bourbon. Ice. But it also includes a super special Rose-Rosé Syrup. WHAT. Also: my julep cups are empty cans BECAUSE I'M FANCY.
M I N T R O S E P E T A L J U L E P
To make one julep:
3 oz. bourbon
5 fresh mint leaves
.5 oz. Rose-Rosé Syrup
Alllllll the crushed ice
Mint sprig and miniature red rose bloom for garnish
To make the Rose-Rosé Syrup:
1/2 cup rosewater
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup bright, floral rosé wine (the darker the color the better)
1 cup water
1 heaping cup of dark red rose petals (any color can be used but darker colors will yield a prettier color in the syrup)
Start by making your syrup. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cover, let steep for 30 minutes. Strain liquid into airtight container and store in fridge.
Now let's make that julep. Place mint leaves and Rose-Rosé Syrup in bottom of your pre-chilled julep cup (or can, or glass), and muddle the mint leaves gently. Next, pack the glass full of crushed ice. Pour bourbon over ice, stir, then mound a little more ice on top. Garnish with mint and a tiny rose. Now go find your fancy hat and drink up.