Nothing enlivens the classic Mint Julep Cocktail better than a little heat, as we find in the Jalapeño-Spiked Bourbon Julep. Jalapeño infused Sugar Syrup is muddled in with Mint before crushed ice and Bourbon is added for a cocktail with a bit of bite.
In a Julep Cup, pour Jalapeño Simple Syrup and add Mint; gently bruise leaves with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add enough crushed ice to fill two-thirds of the cup. Add Bourbon and stir gently; then add a bit more crushed ice. Top with a splash of Soda Water.
To make Jalapeño Simple Syrup – Combine 1 cup Water, 1 cup Sugar, and 2 sliced Jalapeños over heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let steep 20 minutes before straining syrup and discarding Jalapeños. .
Sliced Jalapeño & Mint