Saturday, 30 May 2015

Saturday Swally - Jack Julep

Jack Julep - Jack Daniel's and Mint

I am going to call this feature 'Saturday Swally'...

What is a swally you may be asking if you are not from Scotland?! Well, swally is a Scottish word for alcohol drinking, coming from swallow I assume. Check the ‘official’ dictionary definition.

The people at Jack Daniel’s got in touch recently and asked if I would like to try making a cocktail with their famous sour mash whiskey. It involved alcohol, so I of course accepted the challenge.

Over at the Jack Daniel's website there are lots of recipes to try with the drink – which would I choose?

I could have gone for a very straight-forward Jack and Coke, or a quite elaborate Lynchbourg Lemonade which sounds very refreshing.

Jack Julep - Jack Daniel's and Mint

However, I opted for a Jack Julep, made with a few sprigs of mint and a simple syrup to sweeten things up. I love minty drinks, such as mojito, so mixing Jack and mint I knew would be a great taste experience.

I had never made a simple syrup before and I was delighted to see it was, well simple! Boiling equal parts of water and granulated sugar, until the sugar dissolves, then letting it cool couldn’t be easier.

I poured my syrup into a server I usually use for keeping maple syrup for my pancakes, but this was a perfect vessel to keep it stored in the fridge.

When I was ready to make the drink, I muddled together the mint and simply syrup in the bottom of a couple of short glasses. I used the pestle from a pestle and mortar set (I think it’s the pestle, anyone know which is which?) and piled the glass high with crushed ice.

Jack Julep - Jack Daniel's and Mint

I poured my Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 over the ice and garnished with extra mint. I plunged in my straws and took a sip. I got a bit of sweetness, a bit of mint and of course, the excellent taste of Old No.7 coming through. This was a well-deserved drink on a Friday evening after a long week at work.

If you would like to follow this recipe, I used a tablespoon of the simple syrup with 4 tablespoon of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7. The amount of mint is purely down to taste, but I used a few leaves in mine.

If anyone else would like to send me alcohol for my Saturday Swally spot – then I certainly have no objections!!

Please drink responsibly.

Disclosure Statement: I have received payment for this post and money to cover the cost of ingredients. Any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Looks delicious and summery! I'm now wondering which is the pestle and which is the mortar too!!


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