We started infusing a mint bourbon shortly before the Kentucky Derby. For those of you who are Mint Julep fans, you may have too!
For our Mint-Infused Bourbon, we used Chocolate Mint, instead of the typical Spearmint. We picked some mint, rinsed it (and allowed to dry), then packed it into a pint jar and covered with bourbon. Infuse until it reaches your desired taste.
So, armed with mint-infused bourbon, we couldn’t help but want to try it in the Shady Porch Cocktail from A Taste of Morning. A Taste of Morning is written by Laurie, proprietor of the Morning Star B&B in Manhattan, Kansas. And by the looks of her posts, this would not be a place to miss if you are in the area.
Laurie’s Shady Porch Cocktail called for Mint-Infused Vodka, and we decided to test it out with our mint-infused bourbon instead. The drink was absolutely spectacular! I’m sure it is also fabulous with the original, vodka infusion.
Bourbon Shady Porch (adapted from A Taste of Morning)
1 1/2 oz. mint-infused Bourbon
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. mint simple syrup
4 oz. Ginger Ale
Garnish with lime zest and sprig of mint
Combine first 3 ingredients, and stir well to combine. Pour over ice, and add ginger ale. Garnish with lime and mint.
We used Spearmint for our mint simple syrup, but also enjoyed the chocolate-mint flavor in the bourbon infusion. The flavor seemed to be a bit more gentle than the spearmint.
Thank you again to Laurie from Morning Star B&B and A Taste of Morning. We will definitely make this cocktail again. It was really tasty, and will make for great summer gatherings.
May 25, 2012 at 5:46 am
Thanks for the mention! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the cocktail. I’m going to make some mint infused bourbon now. I really enjoy your blog. Cheers.
May 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Thanks Laurie! The drink was wonderful. It took all my willpower not to guzzle it in one slurp.
May 25, 2012 at 6:33 am
Great post as always. The drinks look great. Bet the juleps are good too. Hard to get those right so the infused bourbon may be the way to go.
May 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Yeah, I saw some other posts about using mint-infused bourbon for the juleps, and it was a nice addition. I really like this drink because it is so refreshing, and not too much alcohol… You can enjoy a few of these without getting sloshed
May 25, 2012 at 11:26 am
This looks fantastic! Sounds like it’s time to clip some mint sprigs and get to work…
May 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm
Yes! Please do… I have a feeling this will be right up your alley
May 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm
I have chocolate mint in my backyard (along with regular and orange mint). My son wanted chocolate mint when we were looking at the garden store–probably a bit disappointed? Anyway, this looks fun, as does your blog in general!
May 28, 2012 at 9:49 am
Thanks Sara! I hope you give it a try. There are lots of fun things you can do with mint. I make a raspberry mint gin that is really delicious! I will be interested to hear if you make this.
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