The date is December 27, 1960 and somewhere in the ABC Paramount studios, Ray Charles is recording what will become a number one hit. The song is called "One Mint Julep," a jazzy number that gets its name from a cocktail distinctive to the south. To celebrate this recording I say let's make ourselves a drink and have a toast. To learn about the traditional Mint Julep and recipe, read more

Traditionally, Mint Juleps were served in pewter or silver cups and were often held by only the top and bottom edges. This way frost was able to form on the outside of the cup.

Since the Mint Julep is the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby, I figured we should turn to them for the right recipe.


Mint Julep
From the Kentucky Derby

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Crushed ice
Whisky
Silver Julep Cups

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.

Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.