The Kentucky Derby is over, so I am a little late in posted this!
The Mint Julep is typically associated with the Kentucky Derby & it’s the drink that prompted Hemingway to throw his glass against a wall. You probably also know that it should be served in a silver cup with shaved or crushed ice, FRESH mint & Tennessee Whiskey.
Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know:
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. In the Mediterranean, local mint replaced the rose petals and the “mint julep” became popular.
It was first mentioned in print in 1803; it was described as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.”
In 1850, Kentucky senator Henry Clay supposedly made the mint julep popular in Washington, D.C. at the Round Robin Bar.
Gone With the Wind fans will recall that the Mint Julep is mentioned multiple times in the movie.
There are more, but these are the best ones. 😉