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How To Make A Mint Julep

First, a little story...The mint julep is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. Each Oaks Day and Derby Day patrons will imbibe over 150,000 mint juleps, which will require about 12,000 bottles of bourbon, around 1,000 pounds of fresh mint and 70,000 pounds of crushed ice. This famous drink has been an iconic Derby symbol and all-around southern tradition since the early 19th century.

In reality, the drink traces it’s roots much further. In fact, the derby-themed elixir of frost and America’s oldest spirit can be attributed to ancient Persia.

As Arthur Dudney, a researcher in Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Cambridge University notes, "Julep is a classic example," and further explains "It started as Persiangul-āb (rose water), then entered Arabic asjulāb ... and from there entered a number of European languages (Latin, Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese, and French) with the 'b' softened into a 'p' (e.g., julapium in Latin). And from French it entered English in the 15th century. The bourbon-spiked Kentucky Derby mint julep tastes nothing like the Persian rose-water drink, but the name is from Persia."

Ina 1908 edition of Fuel Magazine, a Lexington, Kentucky, native named Samuel Judson Roberts explained the importance of the cup.

“Take a silver cup – always a silver cup. Fill it with ice pulverized to the fineness of snow.” Once the drink is mixed, “shake the cup slowly until a coating of a thick white frost forms on the outside. Trim with mint and hand to an appreciative gentleman.”

You can pick up your own silver julep cup here or simply order one of our limited edition rocks glasses - they work great for a quick Mint Julep!


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