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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Apr 8, 2021

In this Bar Cart Foundations episode, we trace the history of the mint julep and describe some important points regarding its craft.

  • We begin by trying to define what a julep is, where it comes from, and where mint enters into the equation.
  • Next, we place its formulation in contrast to other drinks that were popular during its heyday - that time being the late 1700s to mid-1800s.
  • After that, we talk about its connection with the Kentucky Derby, which leads to a few fun equestrian mixological digressions.
  • And we wrap with some tips for preparing mint Juleps in the year 2021 in time for the Kentucky Derby or whatever other excuse you might have for making them.