The “Dale” in Dale’s Julep is the legend himself: Craft of the Cocktail author and mixological Renaissance man Dale DeGroff.
DeGroff’s simple julep riff brings fresh peach (or nectarine) to the party, amped up with peach liqueur playing the part of the sweetener. A good peach liqueur is essential here; it should be good enough that you’re willing to sip it straight. If you don’t have peach liqueur, syrup fills in nicely – start at half the amount shown in this recipe, and work your way up to your preferred sweetness level.
The original recipe is a little vague on how thick the peach slices should be. We love the peach + bourbon combo, so we go with massive half-inch-thick wedges; DeGroff probably slices his a bit thinner.
Place the mint, peach slices, and peach liqueur in the bottom of a mixing glass. Muddle to release the peach juices and the oil from the mint. Add the bourbon (or rye) and stir briefly, then strain into a short glass filled with crushed ice. Stir until chilled. Top up with more crushed ice and garnish with freshly-slapped mint sprigs and another slice of peach.
- The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff