Despite Prohibition– the period from 1920 to 1933, during which the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption were banned in the United States- Mint Juleps were the drink of choice for the characters in the Great Gatsby.
To bypass the restrictions on alcohol, Mint Juleps were ordered without alcohol, or ‘virgin’, and then the alcohol, usually Bourbon Whiskey was serupticiously added later.
To Make a Mint Julep
You will need:
- Put mint, sugar, and a small amount of crushed or shaved ice into the bottom of a julep cup or tall glass. (Optional: Muddle the mint and sugar, then let stand for a bit to allow the broken leaves to release their flavor.)
- Add bourbon whiskey, top off with crushed or shaved ice, and stir well to mix and chill the libation.
What’s your favourite way to make a Mint Julep?
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