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Makers Mark Mint Julep Premixed Cocktail Bourbon Whiskey (1000ml)
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- ABV 33%
The Mint Julep is well-known as the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby, a position it has held since 1938. During the event, more than 80,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs. This is Maker's 'ready made' version of the cocktail classic - all you need is ice!
The Julep most likely originated in 1803, when John Davis, a traveler from Britain and a Virginia plantation tutor, defined a julep as "a dram of spiritous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians of a morning". From there, it evolved into putting mint and sugar into a tumbler, and then adding equal parts of peach and regular brandy. To this was added plenty of crushed ice. Traditionally, mint juleps were often served in silver or pewter cups, and held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup. This allows frost to form on the outside of the cup, which some would find a sign of gentility. Others merely find it pleasant to look at.
Bob Dylan described in his Theme Time Radio Hour episode #3 how to make, by his preferences, a perfect Mint Julep: "First up, you take four mint sprigs, two and a half ounces of bourbon. I'd put three. A table spoon of powder sugar, and a table spoon of water. You put the mint leaves, powder sugar and water in a Collins glass. You fill the glass with shaved, or crushed ice, and then add bourbon. Top that off with more ice. And...I'd like to garnish that with a mint sprig. Serve it with a straw. Two or three of those, and anything sounds good."
Ahh, such a refreshing drink...