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Cherry mint julep slushies

Friday, May 11, 2012

Actually the drink recipe includes bourbon so it's not necessarily healthy. But it looked so good I am sure a Vegan could make it with all natural ingredients as well. Here's the recipe it just needs some fixing! lol

Cherry Mint Julep Slushies

serves 2 generously

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

15 fresh mint leaves + more for garnish

3/4 cup bourbon

3 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

To make the mint simple syrup: Add sugar and 3/4 cup water to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat just until it bubbles. Turn down to low for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes until cooled. Remove mint.

Finely chop remaining five mint leaves. In a large measuring cup/bowl, combine bourbon, simple syrup, remaining water (1/4 cup) and cherry juice. Pour in a baking dish, then stir in chopped mint leaves. Freeze either overnight or for 6-8 hours, then scrape with a fork or spoon and place in a glass. Garnish with additional mint.

For granitas, add 1/2 cup more water, reduce the bourbon by 1/4 of a cup, and freeze overnight then scrape with a fork.

Note: if you are disgusted by my use of cherry juice in a mint julep, feel free to leave it out! Additionally, if the chopped fresh mint freaks you out, you can add whole leaves to the mixture and remove them before serving.

I myself would use regular cherries. I am sure you guys will come up with something more healthy. But it definitely looks good!!
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