Wars have been fought over love...but a good cocktail? The humble mint julep has stories to tell. First sipped in Virginia but best known as the libation of choice at the Kentucky Derby, the cultural ownership of this bourbon beverage is as muddled as the mint leaves at its base.
State debate notwithstanding, the American South's signature cocktail has been gracing porches for nearly 200 years. You may like your martinis dry and your margaritas on the rocks, but when it comes to juleps, â€śmintyâ€ť neednâ€™t be the only word in your vocabulary. Here's the classic recipe and seven new ways to enjoy this Southern staple in any state on the map.