Friday, May 06, 2005

The Quintessential Mint Julep

Tomorrow being Derby Day, I feel it absolutely imperative to post this website which I ran across. It is dedicated to the Mint Julep. Included is a letter from a Lieutenant in World War II to a fellow Major General, in which he is explaining the beautiful process of creating this fine beverage. Included bellow is a short excerpt.

The preparation of the quintessence of gentlemanly beverages can be described only in like terms. A mint julep is not a product of a formula. It is a ceremony and must be performed by a gentleman possessing a true sense of the artistic, a deep reverence for the ingredients and a proper appreciation of the occasion. It is a rite that must not be entrusted to a novice, a statistician nor a Yankee. It is a heritage of the Old South, and emblem of hospitality, and a vehicle in which noble minds can travel together upon the flower-strewn paths of a happy and congenial thought.


When all is ready, assemble your guests on the porch or in the garden where the aroma of the juleps will rise heavenward and make the birds sing. Propose a worthy toast, raise the goblets to your lips, bury your nose in the mint, inhale a deep breath of its fragrance and sip the nectar of the gods.