All the President’s Mint

No. 9, as created by Sean Bigley of Melange Beverage Co.

Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar (4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., 750-2991) rolled out the barrels, the cigars and the red carpet for the recent Nevada launch of W.H. Harrison Indiana Bourbon ( Melange Beverage Group’s pairing dinner featured original bourbon cocktails and imaginative takes on classics created by Bellagio bartender and Melange mixologist Sean Bigley. The No. 9 was created to pair with chef Jose Luis Pawelek’s salad of mixed greens with peaches, mint, candied bourbon pecans tossed with mint-peach vinaigrette. “It has enough depth and character for the seasoned bourbon drinker,” Bigley says, “but is soft enough to be an introductory cocktail for the non-bourbon drinker. I like to think of it as mint julep-meets-lemon drop.” Be gentle with the mint, but be generous with the bourbon. It’s the American way.

Clap 8 mint leaves between your palms once each to gently release the essential oils and place in a mixing glass. Add 1½ ounces W.H. Harrison Governor’s Reserve bourbon, ½ ounce Marie Brizard Apry apricot brandy, 1½ ounces fresh sweet & sour mix, and 3 dashes peach bitters. Add ice, shake well and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.