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Apple & Elderflower Julep

By Adam Hinton

Ingredients

 

50ml Gin

25ml Apple Juice

25ml Elderflower Syrup

¼ of a Lemon

Handful of Mint Leaves

Mint Sprig to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

267 Calories

Allergens:

No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!

Servings:

Serves 1

Fresh, juniper-led gin mixes excellently with the sweet, meadow-like elderflower cordial, zesty lemon and fresh mint for an instantly refreshing cocktail.

Ingredients

50ml Gin

25ml Apple Juice

25ml Elderflower Syrup

¼ of a Lemon

Handful of Mint Leaves

Mint Sprig to Garnish

Method

Take your julep tin.

Squeeze the juice from your lemon wedge into the tin and put the squeezed wedge in too.

Strip 8-10 mint leaves from their stems and slap them between the palms of your hands before adding into the tin.

Using your jigger to measure, add the gin, elderflower syrup and apple juice to the tin.

Fill the rest of the tin to the rim with crushed ice.

Using your bar spoon, churn the cocktail for 10-15 seconds, making sure to scoop all the ingredients from the bottom of the tin.

Once your drink starts to look a bit more liquidy and your ice level drops a little below the rim, your drink is nearly ready.

Cap with a big pile of crushed ice and form into a dome using your hands, before garnishing with a good sized mint sprig.

Fold a napkin in half diagonally and dip the outer corners in water to wet them slightly.

Stick the wet corners to the outside of the cold metal tin to give your drink a little jacket.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Jigger/Measure
Bar Spoon
Crushed Ice
Bar Napkin

History

Traditionally, the Julep is a mixture of sugar and herbs used primarily to cover the harsh taste and mouthfeel of more basic spirits and alcohols. Originating from the Middle-East, it is now more widely known as a refreshing and cooling mix of whisky and mint served at the world-famous Kentucky Derby.

There is a wealth of folklore surrounding the elder tree, which gives us elderflowers and elderberries. In some myths the elder tree is said to ward off evil and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate beneath the plant. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the elder mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only be safely cut while chanting a rhyme to the elder mother.