Why It’s Time to Take Mint Juleps Seriously

July 30, 2015

This is Straight Up, a column by whiskey expert and author Heather Greene. Today, Greene provides the ultimate guide to the julep.

“My gosh, when he said he needed 45 minutes to prep before making us a mint julep, he wasn’t kidding,” said Brenda, a Louisville native sitting on a bar stool next to me at Kingfish in New Orleans. “Normally, I’ll just go to Kroger’s for a little mint and then to the liquor store for some pre-made simple syrup. In fact, I’ve never seen anyone do this in Louisville.” Brenda is a nurse practitioner born and raised in…