With the Kentucky Derby coming up this weekend, let's celebrate one of the most famous classic American cocktails, the Julep or Mint Julep. Traditionally made of fresh mint, bourbon, simple syrup and served with crushed ice in a pewter cup, it's best to hold this cocktail by the bottom and top edges of the cup to allow a frost to form on the outside of the cup, reducing the heat transferred from the hand to the cup.
When it was conceived in the 18th century, it was originally prescribed as a cure to stomach sickness and term ‘julep’ is has come to mean any sweet drink that could be used to carry medicine. The name comes from the Spanish ‘julepe’ meaning rosewater, due to its reviving powers & strong scent.
Check out this one beautiful looking julep below shot by @shudgi21, a classic mint julep with additional garnishes of a dried orange and some rosebuds.