The Low-Proof Mint Julep Recipe

Cynar Mint Julep cocktail
Photo by Tom Arena

Courtesy Jess Lambert, Boleo, Chicago, IL

One of the older American cocktails, a Julep is defined by the presence of crushed ice and a tall glass. That vagueness may be why variations keep trending around the world.

‚ÄúThe¬†Cynar¬†Julep is¬†the¬†drink in Buenos Aires,‚ÄĚ explains bartender Jess Lambert, who adapted this drink for Chicago‚Äôs South America-inspired rooftop bar¬†Boleo. ‚ÄúYou can find it everywhere.‚ÄĚ

Riffing on the Argentinian style, she added fresh grapefruit juice ‚Äúto brighten up those dark notes in the¬†Cynar,‚ÄĚ a not-too-strong Italian amaro made with artichoke. A tiny touch of raspberry syrup balances out the amaro‚Äôs herbal notes.

The end result: a low-proof variation on the classic Mint Julep.

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  • 1¬Ĺ ounces¬†Cynar¬†¬†¬†
  • 1 ounce¬†grapefruit juice¬†
  • ¬ľ ounce raspberry syrup¬†
  • ¬ľ ounce lime juice¬†
  • Mint sprig, for garnish¬†

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into a julep cup over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig.

Published on January 6, 2020