Drink Recipe:: Mint Julep

by Negronis Greg

Ah, the Mint Julep - a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for generations. As someone who loves to try out new drinks and experiment with different recipes, I have to say that the Mint Julep is definitely one of my favorites. In this article, I'll be sharing the history of the drink, its ingredients, the recipe, and some recommendations on who makes the best Mint Julep today.

The Origin Story The Mint Julep originated in the southern United States, specifically in Virginia, where it was first mentioned in a book by John Davis in 1803. It became a popular drink in the early 19th century and is now a staple of the Kentucky Derby.

Ingredients Traditionally, the Mint Julep is made with bourbon, mint, sugar, and water. Some variations may use simple syrup instead of sugar or add some fruit, but the basic recipe remains the same. It's important to note that the quality of the bourbon used in the drink is crucial to its flavor.

Recipe To make a Mint Julep, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs of mint
  • Crushed ice

Instructions:

  1. In a glass or julep cup, add the sugar and a splash of water. Mix until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the mint sprigs to the glass and gently muddle to release the oils.
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
  4. Pour the bourbon over the ice.
  5. Stir well until the glass becomes frosted on the outside.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Best Crafters and Pairings There are countless bars and mixologists who make a fantastic Mint Julep, but there are two in particular that stand out to me. First, there's Chris Morris, the Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve, who has been creating unique and delicious Mint Juleps for years. You can check out his recipe and technique on the Woodford Reserve website.

Another great option is the Mint Julep Tours in Louisville, Kentucky. They offer a tour of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which includes a visit to the Woodford Reserve Distillery and a lesson on how to make the perfect Mint Julep.

As for pairings, I think the Mint Julep goes really well with traditional southern dishes like fried chicken, biscuits, and cornbread. It's also a refreshing drink to sip on a hot summer day, so it pairs well with outdoor barbecues and picnics.

In conclusion, the Mint Julep is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a refreshing flavor. Whether you're enjoying it at home or at a bar, be sure to use quality ingredients and experiment with different variations to find your perfect recipe. Cheers!


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