thirsty thursday: the mint julep

Ladies, it’s time to unpack those floppy hats and gents….let’s brush off those bowties, shall we?

…it’s Derby Season, y’all!


I thought that, with the Kentucky Derby just a few weeks away, what better cocktail to whip up than the oh-so-classic mint julep. A favorite among the Southern states, the true origin of this simply spectacular drink may never be known. While its first appearance dates back as far back as the 1780s {prescribed for a stomach ailment, no less!} it made its first bar visit right before the turn of the 18th century, at the Willard Bar in Washington, D.C.

However, most people…and myself included…have always associated this delightfully bitey cocktail with the Kentucky Derby. In fact, it has been affiliated and highly promoted with Churchill Downs since 1938{!}. That show of longevity and loyalty, my dears, is how you know this drink is G O O D . Served in gold cups with straws and a sprig of mint, it is said that almost 120,000 cocktails are served. People know what they like, and what they like is a good, stiff bourbon.

So let’s tip it on back classy style today, eh my dears? After all, with spring comes derbies, and where there are derbies – there are drinks.

…ending on that note, it’s time for me to go find my floppiest of hats. Cheers, y’all!


Mint Julep

{serves 1}


3 ounces good bourbon whisky {we have been using a Virginia-made bourbon, John J. Bowman}

4 to 6 sprigs of fresh mint

granulated sugar, to taste

cubed ice


To Make:

Put mint, sugar, and a small amount of bourbon whisky into the bottom of a mixing glass. Gently muddle the mint and sugar, then let stand for a bit to allow the muddled leaves to release their flavor and aroma.




Strain and pour into a julep cup {or similar vessel}, rotating during the pour to coat all sides of the cup. Fill with ice, then add the rest of the bourbon whisky. Garnish with a lightly slapped small mint sprig.




8 thoughts on “thirsty thursday: the mint julep

  1. I just want to say how awesome all the drink recipes are because now that Easter has arrived and Lent is over, let the drinking commence!

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