Derby Days- Mint Julep..  
Derby Days are upon up. This means Big Hats, Preppy clothing and Mint Juleps. This Saturday will be the 137th Kentucky Derby...  So when did Mint Juleps become the drink of the derby?  Around 1816 they started being served at horse races and in 1875, the first mint julep was served at the Kentucky Derby.

There are several variations, but each one contains bourbon, mint, sugar and water.  The mint julep is similar to a mojito in that they both contain sugar and mint.  The word “julep” is defined as “sweet drink.”
It is believed the mint julep was first served as early as the 1700’s in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.  The early mint julep did not use bourbon- rum and rye whiskey were the spirit of choice.
Bourbon was not used  until around the 19th century.

Traditionally, mint juleps were often served in silver or pewter cups, and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup. This allows frost to form on the outside of the cup.[1] Traditional hand placement may have arisen as a way to reduce the heat transferred from the hand to the silver or pewter cup. Today, mint juleps are most commonly served in a tall old-fashioned glass, Collins glass, or highball glass with a straw. (information from wikipedia)

Want to make your own???

4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw

additional information from drink mixer,

"They say that you may always know the grave of a Virginian as, from the quantity of julep he has drunk, mint invariably springs up where he has been buried."

Quote attributed to Capt. Marryat, C.B., 1840
From Flip 'N Drink, the cocktail app by Gary Regan

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