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The Gentleman’s Julep is a modern day take on the Mint Julep. Here’s how you can go about making it:

Ingredients

  • 1/4th of a fresh white peach (cut it into 2 wedges and leave the extra for garnishing)
  • 10 leaves of fresh mint and extra sprigs for garnishing
  • 2 tsp. of sugar syrup
  • 50 ml of whisky, preferably Aberlour
  • Ice cubes
  • A splash of champagne

The Process

In a cocktail shaker, place the wedges of white peach and mint leaves. Crush them slightly with a spoon. Add sugar syrup, ice, and whiskey. Shake it well. Strain this mixture in a tumbler and pour champagne on top. Over the edge of the glass, hook a mint sprig and a peach wedge.


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