Mint Julep Day is Sunday!
Mark your calendars, an important event is taking place this Sunday: it's Mint Julep Day! Since 1938, the drink has been served on the first Saturday in May for Kentucky Derby Day. However, the official day to sip this bourbon and mint creation is this weekend.
According to several sources, when the mint julep was introduced in London circa 1803, it was described as "a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning." Later in the 1800s, the drink was thought to be introduced to Washington, D.C., by Kentucky Senator Henry Clay.
Now that you know more about the mint julep than you ever wanted to know, let's make one! Although this cocktail is traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup, you can use an old-fashion glass instead:
What you need:
8-10 mint leaves
1 tbsp. simple syrup
2 1/2 oz. bourbon whiskey
mint to garnish
seltzer or club soda
What you do:
Crush your mint leaves with simple syrup at the bottom of your glass until the mint bruises slightly. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the bourbon. Stir gently, then garnish with a mint spring and top with a splash of seltzer or club soda.