No Kentucky Derby would be complete without the venerable Mint Julep on the first Saturday in May. According to the Derby Museum, Mint Julep became Churchill Down’s signature drink in 1938 when they started to serve the drink in souvenir glasses for 75 cents a drink. Today Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 juleps over the two-day event.
Mint Julep first appeared in print in 1803 described as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” Some historians say Mint Julep was born in the early 1700s somewhere in east coast. First Mint Juleps weren’t perhaps mixed with Bourbon, rather rye whiskey or rum or other available spirits.
Centuries ago, there was an Arabic drink called julab, made with water and rose petals. The beverage had a delicate and refreshing scent that people thought would instantly enhance the quality of their lives.” When the julab was introduced to the Mediterranean region, the native population replaced the rose petals with mint, a plant indigenous to the area. The mint julep, as it was now called, grew in popularity throughout Europe.
- 50ml Bulleit Bourbon
- 10ml Simple syrup
- 6-8 Mint Leaves
- 1 sprig Mint
- Add mint and simple syrup to Julep tin.
- Give it a very gentle muddle.
- Add crushed ice and Bulleit Bourbon.
- Stir thoroughly and add more crushed ice.
- Add straw and garnish.