Ladies and Gentlemen - I bring you the Clove Julep!! With earthy whole cloves, sprightly mint, Bourbon, and a generous squeeze of lime – This cocktail breathes new life into the classic julep situation!
For the clove simple syrup
- 2 heaping tablespoons Whole cloves
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Granulated sugar
For the clove julep
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Clove simple syrup
- 12 Mint Leaves
- 1 1/2 - 2 ounces Bourbon
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Whole cloves for garnish optional
- Mint leaves for garnish optional
Make the clove simple syrup:
In small saucepan, combine whole cloves, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is a light amber color. Remove from heat and allow syrup to come to room temperature. Strain the mixture into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Discard the cloves and store simple syrup until ready to use.
Make the clove julep:
To a tall glass, add the clove simple syrup and mint leaves. Muddle with a muddler or back of a wooden spoon until the mint is fragrant. Add the bourbon, followed lemon juice, ice and seltzer. Stir quickly to combine. Garnish with whole cloves and mint leaves, if desired.