This coming monday is not only Memorial Day, but also National Mint Julep Day! The origins of the mint julep are a bit clouded, but some researchers say that it first appeared during the eighteenth century. Originally prescribed for medicinal purposes, the mint julep appears in literature as early as 1784, stating uses for "sickness in the stomach, with frequent retching, and, at times, a difficulty of swallowing”. Now, I’m no doctor, but making one of these delightful pick-me-ups always has me feeling better.
Start by muddling together a few mint sprigs in a double old-fashioned glass with 1 teaspoon of water and 1 teaspoon of superfine sugar. When the sugar is dissolved, fill the glass with finely crushed ice and add 3 ounces of bourbon. Stir well and garnish with more mint sprigs. Enjoy!