We’ll start simple, with Martha Stewart’s recipe for a mint julep, which requires 24 mint leaves.
Stewart’s recipe calls for “super fine sugar,” lemon juice, mint leaves, crushed ice, and bourbon, all tossed together.
Stewart also has a variation on the classic with a peach julepwhich only requires replacing lemon juice with peach juice and adding club soda.
While this style of drinking has roots in the Arab world and the Mediterraneanmint juleps first appeared in the US in Virginia, according to Tasting tableand they became popular in Kentucky with the Derby, becoming the official drink of the event in 1938. Now they are one of the most popular drinks in the South.