By Danielle French

Speaking of Summer……

There are a few things that say summer to me. One is a Mint Julep even though hard liquor and I do not get along all that well. It’s still fun to make these up especially when friends drop by. The secret to this drink as with all food is freshness. I like to make this drink our own at South Pond and add fresh blackberries which are just coming into season. 

Photos :  Jodi Pudge Photography

 

Blackberry Mint Julep

Makes  1 drink

¼ oz mint syrup (recipe follows)
6 fresh mint leaves
3 blackberries
2 oz good-quality bourbon or whiskey
Ice

Additional fresh mint leaves and blackberries, for garnish (optional)

 

In a cocktail glass, combine mint syrup, mint leaves, and blackberries, and muddle together. Fill glass to the rim with ice.

Pour bourbon overtop. Garnish with a mint sprig, and perhaps some extra blackberries, and serve.

 

Mint Syrup

Makes enough for 8 drinks 1 ¼ cups water
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
Large handful of fresh mint leaves (including stems)

  •   In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil. Stir in mint leaves and remove pan from heat. Let steep until cool.
  •   Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a jar; discard solids. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it will keep for about 2 weeks.

 

 

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About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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