So guys, I really love bourbon. I know, I know, it’s not the most ladylike of booze, but what the heart wants….and with Disneyland very close on the horizon for us, my brain is on Mint Juleps.
One of my favorite drinks is the classic mint julep. I had one given to me on accident at a whiskey bar in Portland, Oregon (a really terrible bar, actually), and I was in love.
My favorite place on the earth is Disneyland. One of Disneyland’s classic beverages is the Disneyland Mint Julep, which is a non-alcoholic drink that I remember enjoying.
So, outside of the limelight of Disneyland, is the Mint Julep all that tasty? And how does it compare to a real, kentucky-style mint julep?
DISNEYLAND’S MINT JULEP
Recipe from Disney Food Blog
Makes approximately 2/3 gallon
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tsp lime juice concentrate
- 3 cups club soda
- 6 Tbsp creme de menthe syrup (not liqueur)
- 6 oz thawed lemonade concentrate
- mint leaves
- pineapple slices
- maraschino cherries
- bamboo skewers
Dissolve sugar into club soda. Add lime juice and lemonade and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add creme de menthe. Chill.
To serve, combine 3 parts syrup to 5 parts water. Add mint, and skewer two pineapple slices and a cherry. Serve chilled (add ice cubes if necessary).
And this is what it looks like:
Review: Not that delicious outside of Disneyland. I hate to say it, but this is one of those things that Disney magic makes palatable, because it was so sweet and sticky that it was too much for me to handle. This recipe does taste exactly like the Disney julep, but it’s not a make-at-home and drink regularly thing.
MINT JULEP FOR GROWNUPS
A much simpler, classic mint julep is a sweet but not-too-sweet drink.
- 1 part bourbon
- 1 part simple syrup
- 5-7 mint leaves
- Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake until your hands hurt
- Pour into a chilled julep glass
Review: Always delicious, in moderation. Not gonna lie, I could drink Juleps every damn day. However, I know that would be alcoholism. Also, it’s a strong drink and very sugary, but you can taste the bourbon just right and the simple syrup and mint take the edge off. Yum
Verdict: Real Mint Juleps Outside of Disneyland. Always.