Henry Watterson’s classic julep recipe

“Pluck the mint gently from its bed, just as the dew of the evening is about to form on it. Select the choicer sprigs only, but do not rinse them. Prepare the simple syrup and measure out a half-tumbler of whiskey. Pour the whiskey into a well-frosted silver cup, throw the other ingredients away, and drink the whiskey.”

Mint julep recipe attributed to Henry Watterson (1840-1921), Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of The Louisville Courier-Journal, and a Bourbon Babe Kentucky Derby tradition

2 Responses to Henry Watterson’s classic julep recipe

  1. Wallace DeRossette says:

    You have taken great pains to research and post some delectible cocktail recipes elsewhere on your website. As inviting as they appear I must side with Mr. Watterson. Give me Bourbon, good and plentiful, and if if it must be adulterated then let it be no more than branch water and/or ice cubes – but that may be going too far. Thank you for the good work you do.

    • thebourbonbabe says:

      Dear Wallace, I too generally side with Mr. Watterson — but there are certain evenings, particularly in the Kentucky summer, when I do enjoy a nicely chilled cocktail. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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