Romeo and Julep: A Prosecco Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

The Prosecco Mint Julep

Romeo and Julep – A refreshing riff on a classic mint julep, this Shakespeare inspired cocktail is made the traditional way with bourbon, mint, simple syrup but topped with Prosecco.

“These violent delights, have violent ends…”, well that feels kind of morbid for a recipe website, wouldn’t you agree? That’s a good Shakespearean play for you though, my friends. Less Shakespeare, more cocktails!

I’m no stranger to a champagne cocktail. My go-to champagne cocktails have been the classic French 75, this Ouzo 75 riff, and while the Rose Aperol Spritz doesn’t use champagne, it still has some fizzy vibes I love. 

I love a classic bourbon mint julep, but I wanted to make it fun for “Book Club” but also I wanted an excuse to pop a bottle of champagne too. 

The Prosecco Mint Julep

I love a classic mint julep, but I wanted to also pull in elements of this Italian Shakespearean play with the prosecco. The flavors are bright and refreshing, and honestly, really simple. My inspiration for this cocktail came purely on the play of words with the title. I find a good food pun to be worth its weight in gold.

I had the lovely pleasure of reading this classic play, back in the 9th grade. I remember we read the entire thing out loud “popcorn” style and rather awkwardly (all 14 year old’s are still very awkward) because no one could really pronounce the words. Don’t worry, I won’t pick you to read out loud.

But, you will find the full recipe for this Shakespeare inspired cocktail recipe below!

The Prosecco Mint Julep

How to make a prosecco topped mint julep:

  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup (keto version available)
  • 3 oz.  Prosecco (use standard Champagne for a “keto” friendly version)
  • Fresh Mint (2 sprigs)
  • Crushed Ice

The Prosecco Mint Julep

Stirred, Not Shaken:

This riff on a classic mint julep is so easy to make you can say, “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?”, once and you’re ready to sip! The two most important factors in making this version of the mint julep are the crushed ice and the fresh mint.

You want the aromatics and oils from the mint to come alive in this cocktail and the crushed ice is a paramount to chilling and sipping in style. To crush the ice, I simply place some ice in a plastic bag and hack at it with rolling pin like there is no tomorrow.

Do what you need do to crush this ice, just don’t hurt yourself or anyone else in the process. Ok? Ok. In the bottom of your class (I chose to use a stemless wine glass for this so it easily holds all the contents of my drink but works nicely with the prosecco), muddle a bit of the mint to help awaken the oils.

Add in the simple syrup (make it lower carb with this keto simple syrup in the recipe notes below) and add in the bourbon. Give it a good stir. Add in the ice and stir again. Top with the Prosecco and garnish with a mint sprig!

The Prosecco Mint Julep

Food Pairing:

As always, never drink on an empty stomach! We NEED food with this delicious romance tragedy inspired cocktail. So, why not make these Easy Salmon Cakes  for two?

Salmon pairs really well with the mint and the prosecco. These salmon cakes are fresh but have a nice smoky undertone from the liquid smoke (or you could omit and smoke them on your grill).

The flavors pair well with the bubbly drink and are also a great way to impress your date (or your guests). The are keto friendly too!

The Prosecco Mint Julep

Yield: 1

A Prosecco Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

The Prosecco Mint Julep

Romeo and Julep - A refreshing riff on a classic mint julep, this Shakespeare inspired cocktail is made the traditional way with bourbon, mint, simple syrup but topped with Prosecco.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

    In a wine glass, add 4 mint leaves and the keto simple syrup. Carefully, muddle the mint to activate the aromatics and the oils in the mint.

    Add the bourbon and give it a quick stir.

    Add the crushed ice and the prosecco. Finish by stirring another 45 seconds or so to chill. Garnish with a mint spring and enjoy!

Notes

Don't care about keto? No problem! Use standard simple syrup instead.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g