Jump to content

Mint Julep with Boar Bones

This topic has been inactive for at least 365 days, and is now closed. Please feel free to start a new thread on the subject! 

Recommended Posts


I judged an annual Mint Julep contest with Four Roses Bourbon shortly before Derby. I know there are some of you that never would mess up your Bourbon with Mint, simple syrup or anything of the like. Louisville has some extremely talented mixologists.

I sampled 14 total "Rose Julep" cocktails with some very creative ingredients. From a “Star Fruit Julep†to a Mexican Horchata themed Julep.

The winner was Rory McCollister from Varanese using boar bones in a root beer simple syrup. Here's the recipe...

Triple Crown Rose Julep by Mixologist Rory McCollister

1.5 oz. Four Roses Single Barrel

1.5 oz. Root Beer Simple Syrup*

Mint Leaves


Root Beer

Ginger ale

- In collins glass combine bourbon, simple and mint leaves and muddle to release mint oils.

- Add ice, transfer to mixing tin and shake. Then top with splash root beer and 1 oz. ginger ale.

- Shake lightly and transfer back to glass. garnish with fresh mint.

Serve with a Chocolate Cigar** with Mint Powder ashes*** as shown in photo


- Boil boar bones in root beer on low heat until liquid has reduced by half.

- Remove from heat strain liquid allow to cool and then strain again removing all solids.

- Add equal amount of sugar to liquid and boil low heat to dissolve.


Spring roll shells



- lay out spring roll sheet flat. Layer on chocolate and caramel.

- Roll as if it were a cigar.

- Deep fry until golden brown and then trim ends


Thin mint cookies or mint Oreos


-Combine 10cookies and 2 tbs Maltodextrin in Food Processor.

- Blend until in looks dry or fat is absorbed

Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a joke, right? Who in their right mind would ever think of boiling "boar" bones in root beer.

Link to post
Share on other sites


I will be the first to admit, there are some seriously talented mixologists out that create some incredible drinks. Unfortunately, there are so many bad bartenders out there that can only make mixed drinks in a blender that most people don't recognize the true art behind it all.

Link to post
Share on other sites

This seems crazy enough to be good. The boar bones are a bit sensationalistic but they probably just add gelatin / body to the root beer concoction. In any event, I'm intrigued, though the recipe seems a bit labor-intensive for a home chef especially given that it could go seriously awry.

Tom, given that you were the judge, I'd assume you liked it. Can you tell us a bit about how it tasted?

Link to post
Share on other sites

On two occasions in Japan I was served a cup of hot sake with two or three fugu (poison blowfish) fins on the saucer. The server lights the sake on fire. With your chopsticks you take the fugu fin or fins and roast them over the hazy blue flame, dunking them in the sake occasionally. Carefully. Then you either cap the sake or simply blow out the flame and enjoy. It's actually quite good, weird as it sounds.

Whether it's roasted fugu fins in sake, whole cobras marinated in some vile clear liquor, boar bones boiled in root beer, etc., nobody thinks up this kind of stuff while sober. And the later it gets the weirder the stuff that's brought out in many places.

Alcohol gives rise to fits of artistic inspiration. Many of the greatest ancient Chinese and Japanese poets were notorious drunks.

Art has many forms. Sometimes, though, the liquor is the paint, the toilet is the canvas.


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.