Nimbu Pani Mint Julep

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon black Indian rock salt

1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves, plus more for muddling and 1 sprig for garnish

1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves, plus more for muddling and 1 sprig for garnish 

2 juicy limes

Crushed or shaved ice

2 ounces good-quality Kentucky bourbon

Seltzer water

Directions

  1. Combine 1/2 cup water with the sugar, black salt and mint in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until the sugar and salt dissolve into a sweet and salty simple syrup. Strain the syrup and transfer to the fridge to cool. Discard the mint leaves.
  2. Squeeze the limes into a pitcher and add the chilled simple syrup.
  3. Crush or muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of an 8-ounce mint julep cup until they form a paste. Fill halfway with ice. Add 2 ounces of the simple syrup and the bourbon and top with seltzer. Stir until the silver cup is frosted on the outside.
  4. To serve, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Reserve the remaining simple syrup for additional drinks.

Cook’s Note

A glass tumbler will not frost on the outside.

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