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November 5, 2012

By

Marcy Franklin

The Mitt Julep cocktail.

The Mitt Julep is made at Acadiana, Ceiba, DC Coast, and District Commons in Washington, D.C; perfect for your GOP cocktail parties.

1

Servings

183

Calories Per Serving

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounce Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce mint-infused simple syrup
  • 1 sprig mint leaves

Directions

Build and serve drink in a small shaker tin, pack full of crushed ice (filled over the top-like a snow cone), and garnish with a mint sprig tree.

Nutritional Facts

Servings1

Calories Per Serving183

Sugar21gN/A

Carbs21g7%

Vitamin A4µgN/A

Vitamin C0.3mg0.4%

Calcium8mg1%

Fiber0.1g0.5%

Folate (food)2µgN/A

Folate equivalent (total)2µg1%

Iron1mg7%

Magnesium4mg1%

Phosphorus5mg1%

Potassium27mg1%

Sodium17mg1%

Sugars, added21gN/A

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Classic Mint Julep

Grab your oversized hats and get ready to watch the Kentucky Derby. You don&rsquot need to attend the famous &ldquorace for the roses&rdquo at Churchill Downs to enjoy an afternoon of horse racing. Simply stir up a classic mint julep recipe! Whether it&rsquos a Derby party or any warm-weather celebration, this refreshing, easy cocktail recipe will be a hit for anyone who loves bourbon. A mint julep is a classic Southern drink made with just three ingredients (if you don&rsquot count the ice): mint, simple syrup, and bourbon. To make this drink like they do at the derby, grab a wooden muddler to release the aromas from the mint, then serve it up in a traditional silver julep cup&mdashit makes for a cute presentation and keeps your drink cold. To truly replicate this signature drink, serve it over a heaping mound of crushed ice with a bouquet of fresh mint. It&rsquos perfect for spring!

Why do you drink mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby?

Mint juleps were a traditional drink in the south long before Derby parties became what they are today. But rumor has it that mint was planted for cocktails at the racetrack back in 1875, and the mint julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938 when julep cups were given out as souvenirs.

What food goes with mint juleps?

Any Southern comfort food will pair well with a mint julep. Try pimento cheese, deviled eggs, Kentucky hot browns, and fried chicken. You can even try some Derby day sweets like bourbon balls or Derby pie.

What is the best bourbon for a mint julep?

Mint juleps are primarily made of bourbon, so it's best to select a good one with a flavor you enjoy on its own. Be aware of the proof! Bourbons range from 80 up to 130 proof, which can have quite an impact on your drinking experience! Since there&rsquos added sugar in this drink, select a bourbon that&rsquos not too sweet, but that highlights other notes, such as vanilla and spice.


The $2,500 2021 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Is Sold Out. Here’s How to Make it Yourself

The 2021 Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday, May 1, and thanks to the people at Woodford bourbon, you can recreate this year’s official mint julep recipe from home to celebrate.

There’s a reason why you can’t have one from the Derby: They’re sold out. Each year Woodford Bourbon and the Kentucky Derby offer a limited supply of mint juleps with a special twist. While the juleps you can buy at concession stands are tasty (and made with the same bourbon), the special julep is an exclusive experience—and an expensive one.

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A total of just 100 julep cups went on sale the first week of April. Numbers 1 through 11 (the gold plated selections) were selling for $2,500 each, and the silver-plated cups 12 through 100 were priced at $1,000.

While the price may seem steep for a cocktail, remember that this program sees the funds distributed to charities each year. This year’s cups are funding support for the Project to Protect African-American Turf History, a Kentucky-based non-profit that’s been working to tell the sport’s history of Black jockeys for more than a decade.

The cups were designed by local Louisville jewelers From the Vault. Each one comes in a bespoke purse designed by Louisville artist Albert Shumake and cradled in decorative silk patterned by artist Gwendolyn Kelly.

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If you missed out on the sale, you’re really just missing out on the cup—the experience is of course limited for 2021. Due to the pandemic, this year’s cups are being mailed directly to consumers, along with the ingredients to make the cocktail in question (aside from the ice, most likely).

The good news is, if the $1,000 and $2,500 juleps are being made at customers’ homes, you can do the same. This year’s recipe seems appropriately decadent for an event like the “fastest two minutes in sports.”

The 2021 official julep, called the “Cherries and Cream,” harkens back to some trends from more than a century ago. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cherries were a common ingredient at the Derby. Admittedly, cream isn’t exactly a welcome julep ingredient, so vanilla has been incorporated to represent the flavor in the recipe.

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It’ll necessitate a quick trip to the grocery store, and perhaps some upper body work if you don’t have a crushed ice feature on your fridge. For the full experience, you might even consider making a donation to the Project to Protect African-American Turf History.


How to Make the Ultimate Mint Julep

A few new twists on the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail.

There's more than one way to make a mint julep, the traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. We scoured the nation for the most innovative recipes&mdashthink: bottles beyond bourbon, flavor-forward sweeteners, and herbaceous twists on the traditional mint muddle&mdashthat will take your mint julep, and your Derby party, to the next level.

Ingredients

1.3 oz Bulleit Bourbon
.75 oz simple syrup or a teaspoon sugar
4 mint leaves and a sprig of mint (use tender, young sprigs, which last longer and look better)

Instructions

Prepare some very cold very dry crushed ice with chunks of ice and a canvas ice bag. "Bruise" the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with sugar syrup. Add ice to the three quarter mark and half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon and continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.

Ingredients

1 oz Maker&rsquos Mark Bourbon
6 mint leaves
.5 oz green Chartreuse
Pebble ice
Mint sprigs
Thyme

Instructions

Muddle the mint leaves gently with Chartreuse in the bottom of a cup. Then, add the bourbon and fill halfway with pebble ice. Stir these ingredients briefly and then add a metal straw and pack the glass full of pebble ice. To finish, garnish with lots of mint and thyme.

By Jayce McConnell for Edmund&rsquos Oast in Charleston, SC

Ingredients

1 oz Old Forester Signature 100 Proof
1 oz Old Forester Classic 86 Proof
.75 oz Hibiscus Syrup**
1 barspoon Becherovka Liqueur
8-10 mint leaves
3 mint sprigs, for garnish (hibiscus flower, if available)

Instructions

Rub 8-10 mint leaves inside a double old fashioned glass. Add bourbons, liqueur, and syrup. Pack with crushed ice. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint.

**Hibiscus Syrup: Bring 1 cup water to boil, reduce heat, add 2 hibiscus tea bags, steep 15 minutes, discard. Dissolve 1 cup sugar into tea. Store in refrigerator.

Ingredients

2 oz G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne
1.5 oz Jameson Black Barrel
.5 oz lime juice
.25 pineapple syrup
4-5 mint leaves

Instructions

In a highball glass, combine mint, pineapple syrup, and lime juice. Gently muddle the ingredients, and add in the whiskey. Add crushed ice and light stir to combine ingredients. Top with champagne and add in more crushed ice. Dash 2-3 of angostura bitters on top. Garnish with pineapple leaves and mint.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Widow Jane Bourbon
8-10 fresh mint leaves
.5 tsp sugar
1.5-3 oz water (to taste)
Splash of lime juice

Instructions

Tear up the mint leaves and put into a julep cup before gently muddling with half-teaspoon of sugar. Fill a glass halfway with crushed ice. Add bourbon, water (to taste, depending on how strong you want the drink to be), and splash of lime juice. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice. Stir vigorously until the outside of the glass frosts. Add a straw and snow cone-like dome of crushed ice on top and garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

2 scoops Vanilla or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
.75 oz mint syrup (or Woodford Reserve Mint Simple Syrup)
1.5 oz WoodfordReserve Bourbon
Q Kola
Dark Chocolate for garnish

Instructions

Scoop ice cream in tall glass. Pour syrup and bourbon over ice cream. Top with Q Kola. Garnish with a paper straw, large sprig of fresh mint, and grated dark chocolate.

Ingredients

10 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp simple syrup
3 tsp Drambuie
1.5 oz Chase Sloe Gin

Instructions

Add all ingredients to flower pot and half fill with crushed ice. Churn ingredients well and top with more crushed ice to fill. Garnish with tulip flowers and serve with straws.

Ingredients

2 oz Basil Hayden&rsquos Bourbon
1 bar spoon simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 fresh thyme sprigs (one for garnish)

Instructions

Muddle fresh thyme in a rocks glass. Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until cold. Fine strain into a rocks glass filed with ice. Garnish with a toasted thyme sprig.

Ingredients

1.75 oz TINCUP American Whiskey
.5 oz Lustau Pedro Ximénez Sherry
.25 oz Peach Street Distillers Peach Brandy
8 mint leaves

Instructions

In a julep glass, muddle the mint leaves with the sherry, then add the rest of the spirits and pebble ice. Swizzle, then add more pebble ice (forming a mound) and three mint sprigs for garnish. Serve with a steel straw.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Maker&rsquos Mark Bourbon
1 barspoon Bonne Maman blueberry jam
2 large basil leaves
Pebble ice
1 large basil sprig
Powdered sugar
1 dash Angostura bitters

Instructions

Muddle the bourbon, blueberry jam, and basil leaves. Top with pebble ice and garnish with basil sprig and a dusting of powdered sugar. For the final touch, add a dash of Angostura bitters on top of the sprig.

Created by Kristina Magro for Sportsman&rsquos in Chicago

Ingredients

1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
2 oz fresh squeezed cucumber juice
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
6-8 mint leaves
Crushed ice

Instructions

Stir ingredients. Garnish with mint sprig and cucumber slice.

Courtesy of The Leadbelly, New York City

Ingredients

2 oz Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum
1.5 oz Turbinado syrup*
Pinch fresh mint leaves
3 blackberries
Ice, Crushed

Instructions

Muddle mint and berries in a julep cup. Add rum and Turbinado syrup and fill with crushed ice. Take a bouquet of mint and rinse with water, then sprinkle mint with powdered sugar and garnish with 3 speared blackberries.

*Turbinado Syrup: Combine 8 parts hot water and 8 parts Turbinado sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate. Will last for 30 days.

Ingredients

2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
.5 oz simple syrup
Prosecco (or soda water)
8-10 mint leaves

Instructions

Muddle mint and syrup in the bottom of glass. Add bourbon and fill the glass with ice. Top with prosecco or soda water and use a spoon to lift and stir all ingredients until chilled. Garnish with a large sprig of mint

Ingredients

5 large fresh mint leaves
.5 oz of demerara simple syrup in a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water
2.5 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon

Instructions

Gently tap the mint leaves against your palms to release aromas. Rub the mint leaves along the inside of the julep cup and drop them into the cup. Add the remaining ingredients. Add crushed ice and swizzle until the julep cup frosts over. Add more crushed ice and garnish with plentiful mint.

Courtesy of Eleven Madison Park, New York City

Ingredients

5 oz bourbon
3 oz simple syrup
5 to 6 mint leaves

Instructions

Fill glass with ice and pour into blender. Muddle mint leaves in a glass. Pour bourbon and simple syrup into glass. Shake well and add to blender. Blend well. Garnish with sprig of mint.

Courtesy of Pork Slope in Brooklyn, New York

Ingredients

2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
.25 oz Fernet Branca
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz Reed's Ginger Beer
Mint sprig

Preparation

Combine Woodford Reserve, Fernet Branca, lime juice, and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously with fresh ice and strain while simultaneously pouring ginger beer over crushed ice into Copper Julep cup. Garnish with sprig of mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac
.25 oz apricot brandy
.25 oz simple syrup
8 tender mint sprigs

Instructions

Place 8 mint sprigs in the bottom of the julep cup, and add the liquids. Fill cup half-full with crushed ice, stir to combine, and chill. Top with more crushed ice to just above the rim of the glass. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and a small dusting of powdered sugar on top.


Mint Julep Cocktail

Churchill Downs has promoted Mint Juleps since 1938. Each year around 120,000 this classic mint julep recipe are served over the 2 day race period. That&rsquos a lot! While Woodford Reserve is the official whiskey of the Kentucky Derby, we chose another Kentucky Bourbon, Knob Creek, which is one of our favorites. Also, try our brand new Mezcal version with our Mexican Mint Julep!

How Much Does it Cost for a Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby?

Well, about $1,000, and it&rsquos made by Woodford Reserve. I don&rsquot know about you, but I can make it much cheaper at home! So make this recipe!

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Classic Mint Julep Recipe

Do you watch the Kentucky Derby? I feel like it is one of those sporting events I always end up watching without really planning on it.

Did you know that each year over 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two days of the Kentucky Derby! You can even order a special edition Mint Julep costing $1000 that is served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw.

The Mint Julep

Ingredients:

Equipment Needed

The mint julep is a cocktail built in the glass it is served in, which makes for a rather simple, straightforward, and refreshing drink.


Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Houmas House Plantation's recipe for a Mint Julep cocktail.

Houmas House Plantation's recipe for Mint Juleps

The Mint Julep is a classic cocktail and though usually crafted with Bourbon whiskey, it is not unusual to find the drink made with rum at the Houmas House Plantation. John Burnside (who purchased the plantation in 1857) grew massive amounts of sugarcane and he liked to make his Mint Juleps with rum, which was widely available in Louisiana. So whether you like your cocktail with bourbon or rum, try this classic drink recipe.

Mint Julep Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup, (equal amounts water and sugar, heated until sugar melts), cooled
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 ounces bourbon (or do the Houmas House twist and use rum)
  • Slash Club Soda
  • Sprig of mint for garnish

Method of Preparation:

Put the mint leaves and the syrup in the bottom of a tall glass.
With the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash the leaves to extract the flavor. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
Pour in the bourbon and top off the glass with club soda. With a long-handled spoon, stir to chill and mix.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.


The Mitt Julep Cocktail Recipe - Recipes

Few classic cocktails have roots so deep in the culture of a particular place (the southern states of America, and most especially Virginia). The elegant drawling accent of the south comes immediately to mind. The word “Julep” has ancient Eastern origins, Julâp being a potion made of rose blossom water, water, sugar and gum arabic, sometimes even with a hint of opium! Until the end of the nineteenth century, the Julep was known mainly for its medicinal properties, until the addition of spearmint transformed it to the cocktail-style Julep.

True, the classic recipe has been through changes, but a popular preference was established: the Mint Julep should be made with Cognac, as Jerry Thomas wrote that it should be in his famous guide. The herbaceous character of the mint plays perfectly with the dry, oaky character of the spirit from France. And in the chill of the drink, the Cognac reacts well with the depth and concentration of the Demerara syrup.

It should be served in a silver cup that you hold by its top and bottom edges only …


15 Mint Cocktails to Refresh You This Summer

Kentucky Derby festivities are great but there's more to minty concoctions than race's official cocktail, the mint julep. Whether you are searching for festive Derby alternative or a refreshing summertime tipple, we've rounded up the best mint cocktails that are fantastic alternatives to the drink of choice at Churchill Downs as well as some fun twists on the julep itself. From mouthwatering mojitos to satisfying southsides, here are tasty recipes for a delicious mint cocktail.

Ingredients

1.5 oz. lime juice (squeezed fresh)
1 tsp finely granulated sugar
3 mint leaves
2 oz white rum
Club soda or seltzer

Instructions

Muddle the lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar and mint leaves. Fill the glass about 2/3 with ice and add rum. Garnish with used lime and and top off with club soda or seltzer.

Ingredients:

1 oz green crème de menthe
1 oz white crème de cacao
.25 oz Branca Menta
1.5 oz heavy cream

Instructions

Shake and double strain, serve in a Nick & Nora glass with grated Valrhona chocolate for garnish.

Recipe courtesy of Naren Young at Dante in New York City.

Ingredients

1.25 oz Tanqueray no. ten
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
6-8 fresh mint leaves
Fresh sprig of mint

Instructions

Muddle fresh mint leaves in simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add Tanqueray and lime juice. Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black
4.5 oz coconut soda
Ice cubes made from coconut water
Lime wheels
Mint sprigs

Instructions

Place coconut water ice cubes in a soda glass. Add 2-3 lime wheels in the glass. Pour in Johnnie Walker Black and top with coconut soda. Garnish with mint and lime.

Recipe courtesy of Daniel Guillen.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint
1 lemon wedge, squeezed and juiced
3 oz Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha

Instructions

Add the vodka and lemon juice to a chilled glass with ice. Top with the Kombucha and garnish with an apple slice and lemon twist.

Ingredients

1 oz Hendricks gin
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Handful of mint leaves
Seltzer (to top)

Instructions

Muddle cucumber and mint. Add Hendricks, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake. Strain into a highball glass and top with seltzer. Garnish with slices of mint leaves and cucumber.

Recipe courtesy of Yaliza Burgos at LeGrande at the Time New York.

Ingredients

2 oz RumHaven
1 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 oz club soda
6-8 mint leaves

Instructions

Add all ingredients except club soda into an ice-filled shaker and shake together to muddle. Uncap shaker and add club soda. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with mint or lime.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Singleton 12 year single malt scotch
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
3 slices of cucumber
3 to 4 mint leaves

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a shaker, gently muddle the cucumber and mint. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with cucumber and mint.

Ingredients

1 oz Don Julio Blanco tequila
4 oz unsweetened cashew milk
2-3 sprigs of fresh mint
1 tsp matcha tea powder
.75 oz organic raw honey

Instructions

Add matcha and 2 oz of the cashew milk to a cocktail shaker. Whisk until the powder has been well incorporated into the milk. Add the tequila, remaining cashew milk, mint sprigs, honey, and ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh mint.

Recipe courtesy of Mixologist Ben Scorah.

Ingredients

1 oz Mr Black
1 oz bourbon
.25 oz simple syrup
6-8 mint leaves

Instructions

Add Mr Black, syrup, and mint into a julep cup, or any metal or copper cup, muddle lightly to express mint oils. Add bourbon and lots of crushed or shaved ice, garnish with mint sprigs and a straw.

Ingredients

1 small cucumber, cut into thin rounds
1 (2 inch) knob ginger, peeled and cut into thin slices
4 sprigs mint
2 lime wedges
2 oz Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint Vodka
6 oz sparkling water

Instructions

In a large glass add the cucumber, ginger, 2 mint sprigs, lime, and vodka and muddle together until all the essential oils are released. Strain into a new glass filled with ice. Finish with sparkling water and garnish with 2 sprigs of mint and any additional cucumbers or limes.

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Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
10-15 mint leaves

Instructions

Slap the mint and set it inside the bottom of a rocks glass or julep cup. Add the Grand Mariner and gently muddle. Top with crushed ice to the top of the cup or glass until it forms a cone. Garnish with a bouquet of fresh mint

Ingredients

2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
8-10 mint leaves
Top off with lemonade

Instructions

Combine all ingredients, except lemonade into tin shaker. Muddle mint, add ice and shake vigorously, then fine strain into collins glass. Add fresh ice, top off with lemonade and garnish.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Buchanan's Deluxe 12-year old scotch
1 oz pear juice
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 bunch of mint leaves

Instructions

Muddle mint sprigs with simple syrup and lemon juice. Add Buchanan's deluxe scotch and pour into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and a pear slice.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Ketel One vodka
5 leaves of apple mint
.5 oz snap pea reduction*
.5 oz lemon juice
Splash of soda water
Small handful of microgreens

Instructions

Tear apple mint leaves and place into mason jar. Add all ingredients except the soda water. Add ice and cap the jar. Shake vigorously. Open the top and add a splash of soda water. Garnish with microgreens and serve from mason jar.

*Snap pea reduction: Juice or blend equal parts snap peas with water and then fine strain.


Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

This wonderful refreshing Mint Julep cocktail is very popular in Kentucky. People from Charleston, South Carolina, also like to claim the mint julep as their own. It is always made with fresh mint, bourbon, and plenty of crushed or shaved ice.

Derby Day in Kentucky:

To the people of other states and the uninitiated, this phrase has little meaning. But lovers of horse racing all over the country thrill at the mention of these words. For the Kentucky Derby is the most important horse race of the world. Thousand of visitors come to Louisville just for the event on the first Saturday of May.

Traditionally, the Mint Julep Cocktail is served at the Kentucky Derby and served in silver or pewter mugs, although it is by no means essential. If you are lucky enough to own such heirlooms, chill the cups thoroughly before mixing your mint juleps. Glass tumblers may be substituted for silver cups if necessary – they will not frost, however. According to some Southerners, a Mint Julep Cocktail is the not the product of a formula, but a ceremony. The drink as we know it today is an American invention.

You may not have access to heirloom silver or pewter Mint Julep mugs, but you can buy a nice Klikel Mint Julep Classic Beaded Mug from Amazon affiliate link

Kentuckians maintain that when a mint julep is made right, you can hear angels sing. Always made with fresh mint, Kentucky bourbon, and plenty of crushed or shaved ice, it is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Thousands of mint juleps are served every year at the Derby, on the first Saturday in May, at Churchill Downs, and at weekend Derby parties around the nation.

Mint Julep History:

The mint julep appears to have its roots in the Arab world, according to Chris Morris, master distiller for Woodford Reserve Bourbon and a spirits historian. Morris says today’s julep began centuries ago as an Arabic drink called the “julab,” which was made from water and rose petals. As the julab migrated to the Mediterranean, that region’s indigenous mint replaced the rose petals.

1700s – Mint juleps have been served in the south since the 1700s. A visitor in 1774, describing the southern menu and especially breakfast as being overly luxurious, observed that the average planter rose early and had his drink (because a julep before breakfast was believed to give protection against malaria).

1816 – The Old White Tavern in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, later the Greenbrier Hotel, was famous for its mint juleps.

The oldest account book at the resort dates to 1816 and it reveals that guests were ordering “julips” at a cost of twenty-five cents or three for fifty cents. Excerpt from John H. B. Latrobe and His Times, 1803-1891 , by John Edward Semmes, Published by The Norman, Remington co., 1917, states that the 1832 journal of well-known Baltimore lawyer John H. B. Latrobe (1803-1891) wrote:

“I saw here for the first time a hailstorm, that is to say, a mint julep made with a hailstorm around it. The drink is manufactured pretty much as usual and well led with a quantity of ice chopped in small pieces, which is then put in the shape of a fillet around the outside of the tumbler where it adheres like a ring of rock candy and forms an external icy application to your lower lip as you drink it, while the ice within the glass presses against your upper lip. It is nectar, they say, in this part of the country.”

1865 – Prior to the Civil War (1861-1865), brandy or whiskey was common in a Julep, but after the war and the poverty of the South, gave rise to the use of less expensive bourbon.

1875 – The racetracks’ clubhouse began mixing mint juleps around 1875. The drink really became popular and became the track’s signature libation in 1938 when the management began charging 75 cents for the drink and the small glass vessel it came in. Every year during Derby week at Churchill Downs, more than 80,000 mint juleps are served.



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