Mint Julep History
The mint julep became a popular breakfast drink with Virginia high society during the turn of the 19th century. The juleps were made with brandy or rum, but soon poor Southerners started making them with a cheaper alternative – Kentucky bourbon. In 1938, the sprit became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, where they were first sold for 75 cents each.
• 10 fresh mint leaves
• 1 1/2 tsp. sugarcane syrup
• crushed ice
• 2 1/2 oz. bourbon, cognac, apple brandy, or Holland gin
Since there are many interpretations of this drink throughout the South, Stir thinks it best for you to choose your spirit and they’ll take care of the mint, crushed ice, sugar, and TLC. If making at home, place the mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with syrup. Fill the glass 3/4 of the way full with crushed ice, then add liquor of your choice. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig.