|How to make a proper Mint Julep, plus recipes for Skinny Julep and Mint Julep Martini|
Mint JulepIt's Kentucky Derby weekend! And for Derby Day, mint juleps are definitely on the menu, with somewhere around 120,000 of the minty sweet bourbon drinks served over the two days at Churchill Downs, though Louisville locals will tell you that it's really a tourist thing.
Doesn't matter. Like the big, brimmed hats that have found their way into tradition, so has the drink, and while Georgia says it was the originator of the Mint Julep, Kentucky lays claim to its popularity for that reason. Despite all that, in the summer's evening and dripping heat and humidity along these Gulf Coast states, you're bound to find somebody, somewhere, consuming a julep, and almost every southern state has its own way of making them.
Here's the basics: