There is a controversy as to the origin of Mint Julep. However, many accounts point to somewhere in the south of United States. The first account of Mint Julep came to the fore way back in 1803 in a book by John Davis. Davis makes an insightful remark about the nature of Julep Mint. The gist of the whole account is the ingredient composition of the drink and the common drinkers.
The Mint Julep Cocktail
The drink comes with long standing traditions that not only dictate the way its made but also direct you on what to use while serving. It was traditionally served in pewter cups. The drinkers were required to hold their drinks by the bottom in an effort to keep it as cold as could be maintained. Silverware cups were the alternative serving cutlery.
As with anything else, Mint Julep had to change with time, at least in the manner it is served. The modern favorite serving cutlery is the highball glass. It comes with a straw and has been extremely popular in the Southern state of Kentucky, especially during summer. It has also been a subject of focus in the popular Kentucky Derby. The drink has been exported to other cultures across the world where the preparations vary marginally. Mint Julep is popularly drunk in the UK and other European countries. It is used to make cocktails with spirits suck as Smirnoff and other popular whiskeys, including Bourbon, from around the world.
To make a Mint Julep cocktail with Bourbon, you need the following ingredients:
- About 60 ml of Bourbon Whiskey
- 12 mint leaves(fresh)
- 2 tsp of water
- 1tsp of caster sugar
- Ice cubes
- Ice (crushed)
Step1: Put the mint leaves in a mixing glass along with the Bourbon whiskey, water and caster sugar and mix them calmly.
Step2: Drop the cubed ice into the mixture and shake thoroughly to cool the drink
Step3: Pour the contents into a highball glass on crushed ice pieces.
Step 4: Stir the preparation further and add more crushed ice.
Step 5: Garnish your drink with one or two sprigs of mint, preferably, a fresh one.
Step 6: Enjoy you drink on a hot day as you drown your burdens under a fig shade, restaurant canopy, or in your favorite joint .This cocktail is ideal for outdoor escapades on hot days.
The Mint Julep Is Versatile
Note that Mint Julep can be prepared in a variety of cocktails. It is arguably the most popular southern American cocktail. Since many accounts point its origin to be southern America, it can be said to be a uniquely American. The fact is that the recipe with mint julep is so popular because it is a favorite with many people. It tastes crystal and good to the palate on a hot summer afternoon. The cocktail is slowly but surely finding into way into other states away from Kentucky. The basic ingredients for this preparation can easily be accessed. Mint Julep must generally include mint, some sugar, a tinge of whiskey such as vodka or Bourbon, and ice. It’s characteristically served cold. If you want to sample Mint Julep in its classic fashion, get yourself some pewter cups. You will certainly feel the relish of old