This twist on the classic mint julep is a perfect summer drink for those who prefer to skip the Bourbon and enjoy the lighter taste of wine. Although it gives off a deep red color, the mint, apple, and sparkling wine add subtly sweet and refreshing flavors for everyone to enjoy.
We call this the Teacher’s Pet because of the emphasis on apples – everyone knowns that teachers love apples!
History and Background
The origin of the mint julep is unclear. It is believed to have started in the Southern United States during the eighteenth century. This drink was originally popular due to the believed medicinal value. It was introduced to bars when a Kentucky senator brought it to the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Mint juleps are now associated with the Kentucky Derby and other southern traditions. The wine and apple julep is a modern adaptation to add more flavors and dimensions to the original, traditionally bourbon or gin based, drink.
Ingredients for One Serving
- 10 Mint leaves
- 2 ounces apple juice
- 2 ounces port wine (We used Graham’s Six Grapes)
- Sparkling Rosé wine (We used Andre)
- Apple slice for garnish
Muddle 10 mint leaves in shaker. Do not over muddle or there will be a bitter taste to your drink. Add ice to the shaker. Add 2 ounces apple juice and 2 ounces port wine. Shake until well mixed. Pour into separate iced glass. Fill remainder of glass with sparkling rosé wine or Champagne. Garnish with apple slice and mint leaf. Enjoy!
Contributed by S. Litman and E. Moon