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How to Make a Perfect Mint Julep

Don't be a slouch. A proper julep is a beautiful thing, but you can't be lazy. A bottled premix isn't the way to go here. Today, I give you three and a half tips for a proper julep, but first, as a refresher course, let's review the basic procedure. More

Derby Day Tassies

Adapted from Three Hundred Years of Carolina Cooking Note: My mother insists that margarine is essential to the texture of the tassie shell. You can replace margarine with butter, but you'll need to add 1/4 cup extra flour. Make dough... More

Eyewitness Booze Investigation: Early Times Mint Julep

One thing that will be different is that I'll finally get to drink a real mint julep. Yup, I'm a bourbon-loving, track-going, Kentuckian-befriending booze columnist who's never had a proper mint julep. Look, I'd be all for drinking mint and complication if someone else wanted to do the herb gathering and ice shaving, but no one in my life ever has. The people who make Early Times Kentucky Whisky make a premixed facsimile, though, and the people who market it sent me a bottle. Close enough? More

Time for a Drink: Mint Julep

Saturday is Derby Day, which means that across the country, celebratory sippers will be nipping at their Mint Juleps, and more than 80,000 of the drinks are expected to be served over derby weekend at Churchill Downs Tragically, most of these juleps are likely to suck. With a formula almost as old as the republic, the mint julep is a product of an era in which things were done much slower. Somewhat labor-intensive to properly make, a good mint julep can't be rushed, and cranking them out by the hundreds using prepared mixes and flavored syrups can only result in sadness. More

What Are the Best Drinks to Mix with Bourbon?

Many classic cocktail recipes call for the drier character of rye whiskey instead of the softer, sweeter flavor of bourbon. But bourbon is delicious! Used judiciously, bourbon can offer an excellent cocktail experience. Here are a few suggestions for selecting bourbons, what drinks to make with them, and why proof matters. More

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