The Mezcal Cucumber Julep idea came to me whilst trying to rethink the Julep, and I remembered I’d made a Strawberry Mezcal Julep during my days with Bitters’n’twisted. We put it on the menu and it was an instant hit, with a hard candy taste. Wonderful, I thought, I’ll use that! I even have a picture. Then I realised I’d shared it at the time!
So a quick look around the internet for inspiration and I’d found a Mezcal basil and cucumber recipe. I like the Mint in a mint julep, so we’ll keep that instead of the basil, but cucumber’s freshness is a great addition. We’ll also stick with Agave to sweeten the drink and just save the powdered sugar for a garnish.
We’re using the Joven Burrito Fiestero Mezcal here, it’s really complex yet accessible and not overly smokey, so it will work nicely with the mint and cucumber.
Mezcal Cucumber Julep Recipe
- 2oz (60ml) Burrito Fiestero Mezcal
- ½oz (15ml) AquaRiva Agave Nectar
- 4 Mint Leaves
- 1” fresh cucumber, diced
Muddle the cucumber in the Julep cup. Slap the mint and add the agave nectar and Mezcal. Stir until dissolved. Half fill with shaved ice and churn. Top with an ice cone and garnish with a mint sprig and icing sugar.
Fun Fact – Burrito Fiestero means “Little Party Donkey” and is named after the donkey who lives at the distillery!
Want to save this Mezcal Cucumber Julep for later? We have a handy pinnable recipe for you for that!