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Juleps in Minneapolis

May 2, 2009

I was flying back from Minneapolis yesterday, so I missed the Kentucky Derby, but I did make every attempt to try the race’s signature drink: the mint julep.

Confession: To this day, I’ve never had a traditional mint julep, which is surprising considering I love bourbon, one of the drinks key ingredients (depending on how you make it). But I did have a Blackberry Julep at my hotel, the fabulous Graves 601. Made with Marie Brizard blackberry liqueur, fresh blackberries, a squeeze of lemon juice and served up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass, this cocktail was not only delicious, it was purple — which was fitting considering the hotel is situated right next to First Avenue (the club made famous by the film Purple Reign).

And for another variation of the julep, try this:
Mint Julep Martini
From Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions, and Classic Libations
7 Fresh mint leaves
1 T. simple syrup
2 oz. vanilla vodka
Sugar-coated mint sprig, for garnish*

Add the mint leaves and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker; muddle the mint to release the flavor. Add the vodka and ice; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Add garnish.

*To coat mint in sugar, dip the sprig into a small dish of simple syrup before dredging it in superfine or granulated sugar.

Oh, James…

October 20, 2008

So I’m still completely baffled by the sticker shock I encountered in — of all places — my hometown of Philadelphia this weekend. Maybe it was the astronomical cab fares that helped me justify shelling out $14 for a Jack Daniels-based cocktail. Then again, maybe it was the fact that said cocktail was wonderfully delicious and infused with local ingredients. Either way, James: I know you got one of Food & Wine’s best chefs of 2008 in the kitchen, but seriously, $14 in Philly?! My family and friends can no longer claim that NYC is too expensive to visit. Here’s what we were sippin’:

James-hattan: a manhattan made with orange, raisins and cinnamon-infused whiskey.
Grand Poire: a pear and fall spice (cloves, vanilla, star anise, cinnamon) infused vodka cocktail mixed with local pear puree, a splash of pineapple juice and Domain de Canton.

Before I end this post, I also wanted to give Anthony’s in the Italian Market an honorable mention. Though there were no cocktails consumed, three words say it all: Banana Nut Latte.