St. Patrick's Day Julep Cocktail

Get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with Fitzgerald's Julep.

House-made mint syrup gives Fitzgerald's Julep a refreshing flavor.

House-made mint syrup gives Fitzgerald's Julep a refreshing flavor.

St. Patrick may have spent more time evangelizing than gardening, but he is known for using a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. HGTV honors the patron saint of Ireland with garden-fresh cocktails guaranteed to make you feel more Irish, no matter what nationality you are. 

Whether you're in Southern Ireland or Southern Georgia, a refreshing julep is a St. Pat's-ready cocktail with a touch o' green. At Southern Art Bourbon Bar in Atlanta, mixologist Clayton Livingston is serving up Fitzgerald's Julep this week, made with house-made mint syrup and Old Fitzgerald Bourbon.

Fitzgerald's Julep

  • 1/4 oz house-made mint syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 ounces Old Fitzgerald 1849
  • Soda water
  • Mint leaf

Place mint leaf in the bottom of a highball glass. Fill with ice, mint syrup and Old Fitzgerald. Top with soda water. If needed, give it a quick stir with a spoon to combine. 

House-made Mint Syrup

Yield: Approximately 1 liter

  • 2 parts white sugar
  • 1 part boiling hot water 
  • 20-30 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 green mint tea bags

Combine all ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Adjust mint and sugar to taste. Let mixture sit and cool, about 3-4 hours. Once it's cool, strain into a glass container for storage.

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