Mint Juleps are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby and is traditional made of mint, bourbon, sugar and water. There’s a little history to the drink that you can read below, along with the recipe.
Mint Juleps are known as a primarily as the preferred drink of the Kentucky Derby. Over the years, it has become associated with horsing events.
Traditionally, a Mint Julep is served in silver or pewter cups and held by the bottom or top rims of the cup so that frost can form on the outside of the cup. Today, mint juleps are most commonly served in a tall old-fashioned glass, Collins glass, or highball glass with a straw.
The first time a mint julep is mentioned in print was in 1803 in a book by John Davis of London. In his writing, he described it as ‘a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.’ The ‘spiritious liquor’ was probably bourbon, but he doesn’t specify. Mint Juleps originated in the southern United States sometime in the eighteenth century.
The word ‘julep’ is defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine. Medicine! Its good to know that we can drink it with a clear conscious since its medicine! Heh! The word is derived from the Arbaic work julâb and the Persian word gulâb which mean ‘rosewater’.
Mint Julep Recipe
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 cups water
- Fresh Mint
- Crushed Ice
- Kentucky Bourbon (2 ounces per serving)
Make a mint syrup by boiling the sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 6 or 8 bruised mint sprigs. Refrigerate overnight.
Make a julep by filling a julep glass with crushed ice, then adding 1 tablespoon of mint syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.