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Made by Jena Lane Ellenwood
While the Mint Julep has a history with the Kentucky Derby, we think it’s perfect to enjoy on any warm, sunny, summer day. A good bourbon and refreshing mint do wonders for the soul. There’s a little history that many of us don’t know, though, so here’s a few fact about the upbringing of the Mint Julep.
- The word “Julep” is derived from the Persian and Arab languages, translating to “rosewater”, hinting at the drinks sweet nature.
- This mixture of ingredients was first referenced as a medicine back in 1784, rumored to cure illnesses.
- American farmers were likely the first to make Mint Juleps with bourbon, because American-made spirits were cheaper. It was commonly made with other spirits prior. It feels ironic that it is now commonly made with some of the finest, most expensive bourbon.
- In 1938, it was declared the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.
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Let’s Get Shakin’
6-8 Mint Leaves
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Bourbon
- Add mint leaves to the bottom of your glass and press lightly.
- Add simple syrup and bourbon into glass.
- Add one scoop of crushed ice, and swizzle until it starts to foam.
- Fill the glass to the top with crushed ice and garnish with a mint leaf.
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