Kalamazoo Julep

kalamazoo julep recipeA double dose of celery adds another layer of refreshment in this julep from Austin bartender Brian Dressel.

2 oz. genever
3/4 oz. celery syrup
1 dash celery bitters
8-10 fresh mint leaves
Tools: muddler, mixing glass, barspoon
Glass: julep
Garnish: celery leaves, fresh mint sprig and a light dusting of celery seed

Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass and stir to combine. In the julep cup, gently press the oils from the mint leaves, discard the mint, then pack the cup with crushed ice until a mound forms at the top. Pour the liquid ingredients from the mixing glass over the ice mound and garnish.

Celery syrup: Combine 1 cup each of granulated sugar, water and diced celery over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, cool to room temperature, then strain into a glass jar.

Brian Dressel, Midnight Cowboy, Austin, Texas