Bent's Fort Hailstorm Julep

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Category: Drinks

Since the day my father and mother opened The Fort in 1963, this has been a signature cocktail. My dad explains its origins:

“Back in the 1830s at Bent’s Fort in southeastern Colorado, the favorite hot-weather drink, especially on the Fourth of July, was the hailstorm. Enjoyed by trappers, voyageurs, Mexicans and Native Americans alike, it is the earliest-known mixed drink in Colorado and was described in a number of journals of the early west. At The Fort we use a variety of whiskeys or cognac for this bestselling drink.”

Read the full story from the May/June 2012 issue of Colorado Life Magazine!

Number of Servings: 1
Ingredients: 3 oz bourbon, scotch or Cognac
2 tsp confectioners’ sugar
2 sprigs fresh mint
crushed ice to fill one wide-mouth pint Mason jar or julep cup
Directions: Put the alcohol, sugar and mint in the jar and fill with ice. Secure the lid and shake vigorously 50 times. If using a julep cup, muddle it with a silver spoon, crushing the mint against the ice and the walls of the jar.
The ice will bruise the mint so that it releases its flavor, and the ice will melt a little and dilute the drink. When well shaken, remove the lid and drink from the jar.