In anticipation of the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby I will again share with you my Daddy’s Mint Julep recipe at the bottom of this post, however, I don’t want you to miss the picture! When I asked my friend, Katherine, if I could borrow the tumblers (she cleverly used for flower arrangements on her thanksgiving table) I had no idea the history she was handing over.
The tumblers pictured here were engraved in 1931 and 1932 with the winners of the Derby those years. Here’s the story she shared “Grandpop (Jack Rosebrook) was an ‘ad man’ in NYC in the 1930's and 40's for Olgivy and Mather. David Olgivy wrote a very famous book on advertising and named my grandfather as one of the world’s best copy writers. He and my grandma Jean had a farm outside Charlottesville named Falrose. They would have elaborate Kentucky Derby parties every year and invite all of their NYC friends to come down for the weekend...what a tradition it became!”
In the bottom 1/3 of a tumbler*, combine equal parts bourbon and crushed ice with 1 tablespoon of simple syrup** and a crushed mint leaf. Pack the tumbler to the top with crushed ice. Pour more bourbon over the ice to fill the glass. Do not stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve with a straw cut to size. (Warn your guests not to stir. That sugar water is about the best thing this drink has going for it until you get to the conversation at the end.)
*Use a reasonably sized tumbler. Much more than 8 oz. might easily overserve you!
**I make simple syrup by combining 1 tablespoon of sugar with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Yes, it’s that simple.