April Is Mint Julep Month In Louisville
In fact, that weekend some 120,000 Mint Juleps will be served at the track along with countless more at home and public parties throughout the world. That’s right - people celebrate The Kentucky Derby outside of Louisville, and they all know that the Mint Julep is a mainstay.
During Mint Julep Month bars that ordinarily would never have a Mint Julep on their menu serve variations of Mint Juleps such as Mint Julep lemonade, Mint Julep cupcakes, and Mint Julep garden salads.
Copper & Kings makes a Brandy Mint Julep, while down the street the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience will be sampling a Peach Mint Julep. Even coffee shops get in on the fun.
A Brief History Of Mint Juleps
Back on the frontier days of Kentucky the Mint Julep was a breakfast drink. Oftentimes folks were still tired and sore from the day before - building log cabins and clearing farm land by hand is no small task! They would often need a little something to get going and for many that little something was the Mint Julep because the sugar and the mint made the corn Whiskey more palatable and refreshing.
The Mint Julep was meant to make the Whiskey taste better, so the notion that Mint Juleps are supposed to be bad doesn’t exactly hold water in that historical context.
The Best Mint Julep In Louisville Is Found At The Silver Dollar
Every detail is accounted for, including how the mint is stored so it remains as fresh as possible on the bar counter all day long.
They make their Mint Juleps with fresh mint, Demerara syrup, and Four Roses Single Barrel 100 proof because, Hoyt says, it needs to be able to stand up to the melting ice.
Even the process is down to a science, with slapping of mint leaves and raking them up the sides of the serving vessel in order to get the oils in full contact with the cocktail. Crushed ice is the way to go with a Mint Julep along with a fresh mint garnish.
How Can I Make It Myself?Bring a little Derby to your living room with this classic Mint Julep recipe.
- Bouquet (or at least 8 leaves) of fresh mint
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz Bourbon (for instance Rabbit Hole Dareringer)
- Crushed ice
- Garnish: mint sprig
How to?- In a Collins/Highball glass or Julep cup, lightly muddle syrup and mint.
- Add Bourbon and pack with ice.
- Stir well.
- Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with mint sprig.
What If You Don’t Want To Make Each Julep By Hand?
Tim Laird’s “Mint Juleps for Many”
To make the mint simple syrup:
Note: You can adjust the sweetness of the drink by adding more or less of the Mint Simple Syrup. The Mint Simple Syrup is also a great addition to iced tea.