The first Mint Julep appeared in print in 1803. According to Cocktail Times, it was described as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” Originally a morning drink, it was sipped by farmers awakening at dawn. Bourbon, sugar and mint… that’s sure to kick start your day!
Today when you think Mint Julep, you think Kentucky Derby and big fancy hats. Churchill Downs made the julep popular by offering it in a signature 75 cent souvenir glass. Today they serve over 80,000 juleps, that’s a lot of bourbon!
Drink up, no fancy hat required. 🙂
Prints of my mint julep illustration are available in my print shop!.