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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