Today (Saturday 30th May 2015) is Mint Julep Day!
As usual, we’re celebrating with a recipe so you can make your own at home! BUT before that let's take a look into the history of the Mint Julep.
According to many sources (*cough*, Google), Kentucky Senator Henry Clay first introduced the Mint Julep in the 1800s. As early as 1816, county fair champions in the southern states of America received silver julep cups as awards. Why does it have its very own tin, I hear you ask? The metal chills the drink down more than glass would, keeping your Mint Julep as chilled as possible on a hot summers day.
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1. Chill the julep tin.
2. Put the sugar, 10ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon and 8-10 mint leaves in the tin.
3. Gently press leaves against cup with the back of a spoon to release flavours.
4. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; pour the remaining 50ml bourbon over ice.
5. Give your julep a good stir and then top with more ice.
6. Insert straw, place mint sprig directly next to straw, and serve immediately.
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