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Tannins from black tea add a beautiful hint of bitterness to Alexander’s twist on a classic mint julep. Oleo saccharum, also known as citrus oil, is made here by steeping lemon peels in sugar; its bright flavor is the perfect lift to finish each sip.

Alexander Smalls
October 2020

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Credit: Kelly Marshall

Recipe Summary

active:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine bourbon and tea bags in a 1-quart mason jar. Let steep 15 minutes. Discard tea bags (or strain mixture, if using loose tea), and return infused bourbon to jar. Add oleo saccharum, mint leaves, and 1 cup ice; cover tightly with lid. Shake vigorously until chilled. Fill 6 chilled mint julep cups with crushed ice; strain mixture into prepared cups. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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Make Ahead

Bourbon can be infused up to 1 month ahead and kept in a covered container at room temperature.

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