American word 'julep' can be traced to French julep,
which comes from the Arabic julab, which is from the
Persian julab, meaning 'rose water.' The drink as we
know it today is an American invention.
classic mint julep as made in Kentucky, starts with
a chilled silver mug or goblet filled with crushed ice.
Disolve one lump of sugar in a little water, fill with
bourbon, add the disolved sugar and stir well. Place
four or five sprigs of fresh mint down into the ice.
Serve and watch the Kentucky Derby.
recipes call for crushed mint leaves and other variations
of the julep are made with rum or brandy. Crushed mint
versus whole mint sprigs is a continuing argument amongst
julep lovers. As is whether or not to drink with a straw,
or straight from the mug, with your nose in the mint.
you would like some good recipes have a look at James'
website - click
article is from Chef James Ehler of Key West, Florida.
is a webmaster, cook, chef, writer and (like me) a self-confessed
computer nerd. He is the former executive chef of Martha's
Steak & Seafood Restaurant and the former Reach Hotel
(both in Key West), the Hilton Hotel in Fayetteville,
Arkansas, and the New Bern Golf and Country Club, North
is now webmaster and cook at the Blue Heaven Restaurant
in Key West while he works on his Food Encyclopedia
(five years so far). It is well worth paying a visit
to James' food reference website which is a useful resource
well worth Bookmarking - to visit either website just
click on their title:
Food Reference Website
Blue Heaven Restaurant, Key West, Florida
James T. Ehler, 2001
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