This IPA mint julep is a surprisingly well-balanced cocktail with it’s bitter, sweet, minty, and smooth flavors.
You might know IPA can be strong and bitter. It’s not a beer for everyone and certainly not for me. Due to a simple misunderstanding as Mr. F stopped at the store on his way home and I desired the beer with the blue label (this testifies how much I know about beer actually) and didn’t think a second there might be more than one brewery (kind of ignorant from my side)… long story short I got a six-pack of bitter IPA with a blue label instead of the crisp lager with a blue label I was hoping for.
IPA mint julep
Based loosely on the idea that if life gives you lemons… I figured I just needed to mix this damn IPA with something sweeter to make it drinkable for me. Then I remembered the mint julep with ginger beer I had the other night and had a light-bulb moment. I just swapped the ginger beer for the IPA. Beer is beer, right?
- 90 ml / 3 oz. IPA beer (GF if necessary)
- 30 ml / 1 oz. bourbon
- 30 ml / 1 oz. minted simple syrup
- 15 ml / ½ oz. fresh lime juice
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- a few slices of lime and fresh mint for garnish
- Stir briefly IPA, Bourbon, minted simple syrup, lime juice, and bitters in an old fashioned glass/whiskey tumbler. Taste and add more syrup if needed, also depends on how bitter your IPA is.
- Top with ice cubes or crushed ice and garnish with a slice of lime and fresh mint. Enjoy!
200 g / 1 cup granulated sugar
240 ml / 1 cup water
5 sprigs of fresh mint
In a saucepan over medium heat add sugar, water, and mint and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer after 3 minutes remove from the heat. Strain into a jar and seal with a lid. Keep in your refrigerator for up to one month.