The mint julep is a classic. No one can argue with that. When spring rolls around and bright weekend afternoons slowly creep into lazy evenings, they're nice to have around. But there are a few new kids on the block — a handful of julep recipes that have graduated beyond mint.
Rumor has it, mint juleps began in the early 1800's and were often enjoyed by Southerners first thing in the morning. But there's a great deal of debate on the origin and importance of the beverage. What we do know is that they're usually made with just four ingredients: water, mint, bourbon, and sugar. And more and more, people are experimenting with this old-fashioned recipe to give other aromatic herbs and fruit a chance to mingle with a little late afternoon bourbon.
• Basil Julep - Saveur
• Ginger Peach Julep - Washington Post
• Blackberry Bourbon Julep - The New York Times
• Cherry Julep - Martha Stewart
• Thai Tavern Julep (mint, sweet basil, lavender) - What You're Missing KC
Do you love mint juleps? Do you ever give yours a twist of something a little different?
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