Whenever anyone talks of drinks in the South, the first one to gain mention is the Mint Julep. And whenever anyone suggests a season for drinking, it’s usually going to be over the holidays. It’s the time of year when even the least likely of social drinkers is going to indulge. But, even in the South, the holidays fall mid-winter, and its usually far from warm through the season. Hot drinks are infinitely much cozier, so why not try serving a hot mint julep?
This one even has a classy look–served in a tall glass mug or a heavy wine goblet, the cream floating on top of the dark liquid and garnished with the required mint sprig, it just begs to be sampled. Traditionally, spearmint has always been the mint of choice for Southern Juleps, but peppermint can be a seasonal choice as well.
Hot Mint Julep
- 2/3 c. bourbon (choose your favorite brand)
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- 2 mint springs
- 2 c. strong hot black coffee
Stir the sugar into the coffee, and divide between 2 clear glass mugs or wine glasses. Using a spoon to pour in, add 1 tbsp. of heavy cream to each. Garnish with mint sprig. (If using peppermint, a peppermint stick can be offered as the “stir stick” too.)