Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Drinks Around the World: Mint Julep (USA)

I have always been tempted by the cool and refreshing tastes of mint-based drinks. This month brings us the Mint Julep, a product of the American south.

It was late in the afternoon on an oppressive day. The Louisianaians barman served in a voice like the neighbouring Mississippi River - slow, deep and muddy - and made the drink with the same slow, steady precision. The wooden bar seemed unchanged for many a decade and somehow seemed so suited to the area and the drink.

Simply muddle (softly mash) a handful of spearmint leaves with sugar and a spoonful of chilled water (the barman swore by the importance of the spoon of water). Tip into a glass, add bourbon and crushed ice and the drink is ready.

The tang of the mint makes the julep an extremely refreshing drink on a humid day while the sweetness offsets the strength of the corn whisky. The mint julep is renown as the drink of choice during America's most famouse horse race, the Kentucky Derby.

Similar in recipe to a mojito and a Brazilian caipirinho, mint leaves make a wonderful addition to many drinks and is worth trying at home as summer approaches.
At the start of each month, Travel Wonders highlights a characteristic drink experienced on his travels. Previous Drinks Around the World include Mint Tea from Morocco, a Bloody Caesar from Canada, a Pisco Sour from South America and the Singapore Sling

Photo Credit: mint julep


Sherry Ott said...

I had my share of these tasty drinks at the Kentucky Derby last year! Yum!! Yet I've never made my own.

Mark H said...

@sherry: The Derby sounds like the epicentre of the Mint Julep. Makes sense with its bourbon base.

Flights Search said...

I totally remember the Mint Julep (film) when i read your blog but BTW it's a I really want to try it with Mojito i can feel it's really refreshing..hmm if i can get some student flights to Southern United States.. :)

Savannah said...

Yum! I love Mint Juleps!

Mark H said...

@flights search: I've never seen or heard of the film.

@savannah: There are many that agree with you.

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