When it comes to juleps, “minty” needn’t be the only word in your vocabulary. Here's the classic version and seven new ways to enjoy this Southern staple.
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.
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With Virginia and Kentucky warring over the julep’s origins, it was only a matter of time before Georgia entered the fray. Just try to take a sip without lapsing into a drawl.
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It ain’t easy being green...which is why we'll raise a glass in every color of the rainbow. This tart take is blended to create a slushy texture, like Fla-Vor-Ice for grown-ups.
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Nature’s two most refreshing flavors come together in one ultra-cooling beverage. Fire up the grill -- you’ll need something to bring you back to room temperature once you’re done.
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Why 17 lemons, you ask? Well, because 18 would be too much. This big-batch recipe will sate a whole horde of your thirstiest mad-hatted friends.
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What if you could trade bourbon breath for a scent that would make your dentist proud? These extra-fresh juleps are made by steeping sprigs of spearmint in bourbon overnight.
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Every Southern hostess worth her porch has a sweet-tea recipe. Ours just has a few extra-special ingredients. It's sweet tea with a twist -- or a sway.
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Martha loved this pomegranate-and-lime concoction so much, she christened it the “Marthatini.” You can call it a mint julep martini if you like -- we'll just call it delicious.