Ready, Set, Mint Julep!

Mint Julep
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It just happens to be Kentucky Derby weekend and American taste buds everywhere are hankering for…Mint Juleps!

The first known mention of the Mint Julep is in 1803 in a British book: “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” So, basically the minty-fresh Virginian alternative to the Bloody Mary (and a boon rather than a burden to your breath).

But the MJ is thought to predate that, originating in the 18th century somewhere in the South. The modern-day version typically consists of a mix of Kentucky bourbon, water, mint and sugar.

And for those of you who are hazy on the term “julep,” it’s a “sweet flavored drink made from a sugar syrup, sometimes containing alcohol or medication” and hails from Persian words meaning “rose” and “water.”

The MJ became a Kentucky Derby specialty in 1938 and now about 120,000 are served annually.

If you’re now motivated to prepare this historically significant drink, order up some fresh peppermint from the Market!

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