Sip on this smooth, ice-filled Irish Whiskey Honey Mint Julep made with local wildflower honey, Irish whiskey and fresh mint. From St. Patrick’s Day to the Kentucky Derby, it’s a sweet toast to springtime.
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Where has Irish whiskey been all my life?
American whiskey, yes.
Scotch, a little.
But Irish whiskey? I honestly have no idea why I’ve been ignoring it. I recently picked up a bottle of Jameson — per my friend Meghan’s recommendation — and I’m in love.
Chris insisted that I make us St. Patrick’s Day drinks with it the other night, and I landed on these Irish Whiskey Honey Mint Juleps.
We tried the best mint juleps at a cocktail workshop in Richmond with my favorite beverage writer David Wondrich. He’s a total beverage genius, and I’ve waited way too long to try to recreate the drinks we tried in his class.
One thing that I don’t think either of us will forget is the way he talked about crushing ice. He told us to place it in a canvas Lewis bag and smash it with a wooden mallet — like your boss’s Rolex is inside. We’ve been laughing about that one ever since!
I used my blender for crushing my ice though, which is totally acceptable if you don’t have a canvas bag and hammer handy!
While the ice is important because of the way it coats your glass in frost, the glass is ultra key too. You can go for the classic silver julep cups or stick to a pretty rocks glass if you prefer!
So once you’ve got your glass packed tightly with crushed ice, it’s time to mix that drink. In a cocktail shaker, I muddled together honey and fresh mint leaves, then topped it with Irish whiskey.
The result is a fresh, icy cold drink that’s perfect for any spring or summer day. It’s smooth and buttery, with just a hint of mint. The honey gives it a subtle floral note that simple syrup (what mint juleps usually require) just doesn’t offer.
Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or the Kentucky Derby, this is a spin on the julep that you just can’t miss. (I also highly recommend the Basil Julep, the Strawberry Mint Julep and the Blackberry Mint Julep!)
Make it and you’ll be so glad I finally added Irish whiskey to my repertoire! (Just don’t smash any Rolexes in the process.) Cheers! // susannah
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A smooth and refreshing springtime drink
- 2 large mint sprigs, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 ounce wildflower honey
- 5 ounces Irish whiskey
- crushed ice
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint and honey together to release the mint oils. Top with the whiskey and stir until honey dissolves completely. Add ice and lid. Shake briefly.
- Pack two julep cups or rocks glasses with crushed ice. Top with mint julep mixture, then more crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig.