Good ol' traditions. They're pretty cool every now and then. Especially when it comes to the first Saturday in May and it's DERBY TIME!
But just because something's always been done one way doesn't mean it's not in need of a facelift every now and then.
Enter the Applejack Julep as exhibit one.
Of course, the traditional Mint Julep is made with bourbon. We've got a recipe for it here. But this version swaps out bourbon for Applejack Brandy. The result is a smooth and sippable julep, whipped up in no time at all.
fine mesh strainer
2.5 oz Applejack Brandy
1 oz simple syrup
a shitload of fresh mint
Muddle a small handful of fresh mint (about 15-20 leaves) in the bottom of an empty cocktail shaker. Normally we would stress just pressing and not pulverizing, but this time, beat the shit out of it since you'll be straining it anyway. Add the Applejack and simple syrup to the shaker, cover and dry shake (no ice!) for about 15 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into your glass of crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint and a slice of apple if desired.