This is the one instance when it’s okay to use the words julep and blender in the same sentence. Blasphemy never tasted so good.
4 oz. bourbon
3 oz. fresh lemon juice
8 cups ice cubes
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup spiced ginger syrup (see below)
Garnish: mint sprig
Combine all other ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into julep glasses and garnish. Serves 4
Spiced ginger syrup: In a small pot, simmer ½ cup water and ½ cup granulated sugar until combined. Add one 4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped, 8 cloves and 1 star anise and continue to simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, then strain, squeezing as much syrup from ginger as possible and chill syrup before using.
Alex Rein, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., New York City