Each year, almost 120,000 mint juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of whiskey, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. With less than three weeks until the 139th Run for the Roses, you’ll want to be ready to mix-and-mash and talk-the-talk about this quintessential Derby drink.
A simple concoction—bourbon, mint, sugar, and water—the mint julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Few people know the drink’s history, and even fewer know how to properly mix this classic cocktail. Lighthearted, entertaining, and informative, The Kentucky Mint Julep explores the lore and legend of the Kentucky Derby’s traditional tipple. Joe Nickell looks at the origins of the julep, offers a brief history of American whiskey and Kentucky bourbon, and shares some classic julep tales. Information on julep cups, tips on garnishing and serving, and reminiscences from the likes of Charles Dickens, Washington Irving, and General John Hunt Morgan give a fun, historic look at Kentucky’s favorite drink.
The book includes numerous recipes—for classic juleps, modern variations, non-alcoholic versions, and the author’s own thoroughly researched “perfect” mint julep. This delightful book is illustrated with historic photographs, a map of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and more.
Whether you’ll be toasting on Millionaire’s Row, celebrating in the Infield, or watching the races at home, The Kentucky Mint Julep is a sure bet to be the ultimate guide to the quintessential Derby drink.
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