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4 May 2012: The Perfect Julep

May 4, 2012

Tags: Classical Southern Cooking, Southern Foodways, Historical Southern Cooking, Bourbon, Mint Juleps, Mint Julep History

The perfect Mint Julep, photographed by John Carrington, From Classical Southern Cooking
With Derby Day upon us, it seems appropriate to revisit one of the South’s most venerable and, in some ways, notorious drinks—the Mint Julep.

It is popularly supposed to have originated in Kentucky, where true bourbon is made, and perhaps the classic version was—Lord knows, it ought to have been, since tomorrow at Derby time mint juleps will be flowing across Kentucky like rainwater after a spring thunderstorm. (more…)