This derby classic cocktail is easily recognizable for its “Julep” tin cup it is traditionally served in. The Mint Julep as we know it today likely originated in the United States in the eighteenth century. However, it evolved from the Persian “Julepe” which had been served for hundreds of years in Persia as a medicinal vessel using a variety of sweet ingredients to mask taste of the medicine.
Mint Juleps didn’t become associated with the Kentucky Derby until 1938 when Churchill Downs used them as a marketing effort. It has since become the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Its a simply made three-ingredient cocktail combining bourbon, sugar, and mint. However, the key element in a Julep is the crushed ice that will gradually melt and dilute the drink.
SIMPLE SYRUP, Or to taste
MINT SPRIG, Large
1. In a julep tin or rocks glass, muddle a mint sprig and simple syrup
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