Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week. Anyone have any cool plans for this weekend? We are going on our first camping trip in Virginia, and I am super excited! We've been dying to go, and it looks like the weather is going to be nice, so we figured there's no time like the present, right?
Before I get into our featured cocktail, I want to make a little announcement that I am SUPER excited about! As many of you know, I've been selling some of my goods at a wonderful little shop on Cary St. called Orange. If you live in the Richmond area and you've never been, you have to go in and check it out. It is a funky little shop that is full of handmade goods from local artists all around Richmond. They were even featured in Better Homes and Gardens as one of the must-visits places in Richmond. I went in to drop off a big batch of Halloween goodies yesterday, and the fabulous duo that own and run the shop, Cathy and Courtney, suggested that we do a trunk show featuring Gypsies Crafts & Treats. What?! Yes!!! So, if you are a fan and are in the Richmond area, stop by Orange on October 9th from 5-7pm for food, libations, and to see some of my work! I hope to see you there!
Ok, now back to business. I know that it is technically Fall, but while the last few days of warm weather are still here, let's enjoy this fresh take on a classic Mint Julep. This version is like a grown up snow cone. Consider it your last snow cone of the year. If you you followed along when we made our Hibiscus Mexican Martini, I told you how to make Hibiscus Simple Syrup. It's not hard to make at all, and you can use it so many different ways! If you haven't already, you should make a batch, because you'll need it for thisrecipe, and you can store the extra in the fridge and use it in your tea, your cocktails, over ice cream, in your oatmeal, even in baked goods! You can grab the recipe here.
2 oz good Bourbon
How to make it:
Start by adding about six mint leaves to the bottom of your glass. Use a muddler to gently press and bruise the leaves. Do not crush them into oblivion, or they will start to taste bitter. You want to just release the smell and flavors. Add your simple syrup and Bourbon. Top with crushed ice, but don't quite fill the glass. You can use a food processor or blender to crush your ice. Trust me, you want to use crushed ice. It makes all the difference. Give the contents of your glass a good stir until the glass begins to frost, then top with a bit more ice to fill the glass. Then, garnish with a few mint leaves before serving. If you want to really give it a good minty essence, place the leaves in the palm of one hand and clap other hand over the top. This will release the sweet minty smell, and give your cocktail a little something extra. Enjoy!
***Don't forget to stop by my Etsy shop and check out all of my fun holiday items! Use the coupon code FALLFLING to receive 20% off of all orders not through the end of the month!**