Standing in front of the air conditioner in a wet T-shirt and ice-cubes in your bra isn’t the only way to cool down during the peak of summer. Southern belles have a classier way to do it: sipping an icy mint julep. (Slightly more enjoyable sounding, right?)
If the only time you’re serving up this classic cocktail is while watching the Kentucky Derby once a year, you’re missing out: the mint and ice-packed glass gives a refreshing tingle that instantly cools, while the rye relaxes the body in a way that lazy summer afternoons just beg for.
Pamela Wiznitzer, one of America’s Top Female Mixologists likes to incorporate a sweet add-in to her perfectly balanced recipe: hibiscus. “It’s an awesome source of vitamin C, which almost takes this cocktail into healthy elixir territory,” says Well+Good video producer Ella Dove, who tested out Wiznitzer’s creation on camera.
The recipe calls for just three ingredients, so drink prep is a breeze. There are a few different ways to get the star hibiscus syrup just right. “If you can’t track down full hibiscus flowers for your tea, you can make the simple syrup using a couple of hibiscus tea bags, water, and coconut sugar or your choice of all-natural sweetener,” says Dove.
Want to see how it’s done? Keep reading for the recipe and a step-by-step video.
Prep Time5 minutes
Pour the rye and hibiscus syrup into a mason jar with some ice. Add mint leaves.
Close mason jar. Shake well.
Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water. Stir and top off with dried hibiscus petals.
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