It’s Thursday, and it’s National Mint Julep Day! Yep, I didn’t know about this either. . . so I thought since I love a great cocktail and I’m still on vacay in my mind, I would take part in the celebration and share some fun stuff about the beloved Mint Julep.
Five Food Finds about Mint Julep. . .
adapted by foodimentary
- A mint julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and water.
- Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in Southern states, and in Kentucky in particular.
- In the use of sugar and mint, it is similar to the mojito.
- Proper preparation of the cocktail is commonly debated, as methods may vary considerably from one bartender to another.
- The mint julep may be considered as one of a loosely associated family of drinks called “smashes” (the brandy smash is another example, as well as the mojito), in which fresh mint and other ingredients are muddled or crushed in preparation for flavoring the finished drink.
Bartender Secret. . .
According to Willie Jane resto, a secret trick that many bartenders use is to lightly “bruise” the mint before adding the other ingredients. This releases the herb’s distinctive aroma and flavor. A traditional mint julep is then served in a silver or pewter cup filled with shaved ice. Oh, and if you’re in the L.A. area, Willie Jane’s is offering the Mint Julep all week for $5 during happy hour.
A Twist on the Classic Mint Julep. . .
adapted by culicurious
This is such a Summer refresher, try it with blueberries or raspberries.
Ladybird J. P. Archie
- Mint Julep Madness (blovelyevents.com)
- Cocktail Corner: Bourbon Mint Julep (greendoorhospitality.wordpress.com)
- Mint Julep Recipes (bourbonandoak.com)
- Mint Julep (drinkstraightup.com)
- Wednesday Cocktail “Blueberry Mint Juleps” (justinlovewithberni.com)
- Mint Julep Patio Party (kitchenpotsandtabletops.wordpress.com)
- Jalapeño Mint Juleps (cheerscolumbus.wordpress.com)
- cocktail friend: the seersucker julep (grapefriend.com)