It's happy hour and I decided to prepare refreshing Peach Julep cocktails using some of the ripe peaches I got in Georgia. Okay, honestly, I used the peaches as a garnish for Martha Stewart's recipe.
Martha Stewart's Peach Juleps:
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 cups store-bought peach juice
1 can (12 ounces) club soda
1/2 cup bourbon
Crushed ice, for serving
In a medium bowl or pitcher, combine mint and sugar. With a wooden spoon, mash leaves until bruised. Stir in peach juice, club soda, and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice, garnish with mint, and add a mint julep straw/spoon. Of course, I added a Georgia peach wedge. Serves 6
If you have never used a mint julep straw/spoon, there is etiquette to be followed:
It is considered proper to drink mint juleps with a sterling mint julep straw/spoon. Simply use the spoon to stir the julep and sip your beverage through the tiny hole at the end. This is one of the very few times a lady should use a straw to drink a beverage. It is also acceptable to use a straw when you are drinking a coke out of a can or when you've "taken ill and are in the bed."
A sterling mint julep straw/spoon...stir with one end and sip from the other...Could you possibly get more Southern?