Champagne Julep

This drink is a cousin of the traditional mint julep but with a bit of the bubbly to add flavor and make it more of a celebratory cocktail for weddings, birthdays, new years and other occasions.  Just as with cooking, the quality of ingredients used can either make or break a drink. I strongly recommend using better grades of bourbon, such as Buffalo Trace, Woodford reserve or Bulleit bourbon along with champagne such as Moet or Veuve Clicquot.


John Apodaca

Champagne JulepChampagne Julep

1 1/2 – 2 oz of Bourbon
1/2 oz simple syrup
5 – 7 mint leaves
Champagne ( dry)
mint sprig for garnish

Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup at the bottom of a julep cup or rocks glass. Add bourbon, crushed ice and top off with champagne. Swizzle until glass or cup is frosted and garnish with a mint sprig.