The spring is coming (kind of) & it’s time to start thinking about delicious cocktails and warmer weather. For those of you who follow us on social media (if not, make sure to follow @DoTheDaniel on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with our adventures), you’ll know that we visited D.W. Alexander when they opened their doors last year. This Toronto hot spot is known for their great atmosphere & signature cocktails. Lucky for us all, they are sharing their Champagne Mint Julep recipe. Take a look at their feature below!
Champagne Mint Julep
Most of the cocktails are season dependable. It is the same for alcohol beverages in general. As soon as the warm days come, you will go for a can of beer or glass of wine, whatever helps you cool off. At the same time, winter brings stiff drinks such as vodka and whiskey; both of them helping you warm up. There are only a handful of drinks that are great during both winter and summer. One of them is Champagne Mint Julep.
Although the bourbon within this drink makes you warm, it is the champagne and mint which are great for spring. The very mixture of yellow and green makes you think about fresh plants which are growing during this period. Of course, you need to serve this drink chilled for maximum pleasure.
People usually have the same issue with cocktails. The ingredients are often very hard to procure and they are very costly. It is much simpler to drink some usual beverage than hassle with cocktail and its preparation. This is the interesting thing with Champagne Mint Julep. It basically has only two ingredients, which are champagne and bourbon. So, in that regard, you can make this cocktail pretty easily. On the other hand, you can use either cheap or pricey alcohol for the mixture so it can be available for everyone. Logically, it is always better to get the drinks with a bit steeper price tag because it will increase the overall quality of the drink. D.W. Alexander is a bar in Toronto that uses only premium ingredients for its cocktails.
- 4 ounces champagne
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 4 to 5 mint leaves
Put mint leaves in a glass, together with bourbon, and muddle them. It is good idea to take these two and put them in a fridge. Although it may seem as a hassle, this way, bourbon will absorb the mint flavor and it will be chilled at the same time. After a few hours, strain the bourbon into a champagne flute while discarding the leaves in the process. Pour champagne over it and garnish with mint leaf.
Et voilà! You’ve got a beautiful cocktail that is perfect for dinner parties and the warmer days to come.
For even more inspiration, make sure to follow @DWAlexanderTO on Twitter & Instagram. Make to visit them for a delicious meal and an experience like no other in the city of Toronto.
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Photos: D.W. Alexander
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