The notion originated with Daisy’s suggestion that we hire five bathrooms and take cold baths, and then assumed more tangible form as ‘a place to have a mint julep’.
-The Great Gatsby, F. Scott. Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby didn’t hold my attention very well, I suppose I like my books wrapped up neatly with a bow in the end. Instead I felt The Great Gatsby was too incomplete. It just faded in and out of situations. But that’s life, and life doesn’t end with a shabang. Instead, it goes on.
I did, however, love The Great Gatsby novel for a chance to be inspired by the 1920’s. There’s no better excuse to throw a flapper party, than a classic novel being turned into a movie. And it wouldn’t be complete without a mint julep in hand!
I bought one of the authentic Mint Julep cups off Amazon (not cheap). If I was in Canada (or the US) I would’ve just popped over to Home Sense (or Marshalls, or TJ Maxx, or Winners etc etc etc). The bathroom section always has toothbrush holders and bathroom cups of that style. And while you’re there, pick up the soap dishes to keep with the style. They make gorgeous small serving platters. So if you’re throwing a party and want authenticity, that would help keep your costs down. Gawd, I miss shopping there.
- 15-20 mint leaves (approx 4 sprigs of mint)
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- 2 tsp water
- 2 oz bourbon whiskey
- Muddle together the mint, sugar and water with a mortar and pestle, or in a glass with the back of a spoon, until a mint paste is formed. Place it into the cup you'll be serving it in.
- Fill the cup with ice (shaved or crushed is preferable).
- Pour the bourbon over the ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
- Best drunk with a straw.