The Mint Julep
Seeded in history, the Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for almost a century (over 120,000 are served during the race). Although the true origins of the Mint Julep are uncertain, the first appearance of a Mint Julep in print came in a book by John Davis published in 1803. There, it was described as “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.”Made of three primary ingredients—bourbon, mint, and sugar, it is traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup.
Ingredients: 2-4 sprigs of fresh mint½ ounce simple syrup (1:1 proportion of sugar to water)2½ ounces Eagle Rare bourbonPreparation:Gently bruise mint sprigs in bottom of cup with simple syrup—just enough to release the mint’s oils. Add the bourbon and fill with crushed ice. Swirl the ice with a bar spoon until glass frosts. Top off with a bit more crushed ice—garnish with a mint sprig.