The mint julep is legendary, just don’t overthink it

The great thing about mint juleps? Very little about them changes. Following are three items of interest to the mint julep set.

I. The simple shooter approach.

Hey, Mint Julep. Your One-Day-a-Year Is Here, at The Chuck Cowdery Blog (2016)

Many people misunderstand the mint julep. It is not a cocktail in the ordinary sense. It is more of a shooter. A mint julep should be made quickly, served immediately and consumed promptly, before the ice starts to melt and turn the drink watery.

The julep is at its peak of flavor the instant it is completed. Every moment that passes thereafter diminishes its quality. There should be just enough liquid in the glass for one or two good swallows.

Taken appropriately in a suitable context the mint julep is delightful. Its sensuality can be nearly overpowering.

II. Joe Nickell’s book, widely available on the internet and with used copies reasonably priced.

The Kentucky Mint Julep, by Joe Nickell (Better World Books)

A simple concoction — bourbon, mint, sugar, and water — the mint julep is legendary. Few people know its history and even fewer know how to properly mix this classic cocktail. Lighthearted, entertaining, and...Read more