Wine and brandy were not Faulkner’s favorite spirits. He loved whiskey.
His favorite cocktail was the mint julep.
“There is no such thing as bad whiskey,” he once said.
“Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others.”

Our mint julep was made from a recipe in Food & Wine’s cocktails ’09 book…


  • 8 mint leaves, plus mint sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon, preferably overproof
  • Crushed ice

In a chilled julep cup or fizz glass, muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup.
Add the bourbon and crushed ice.
Set a swizzle stick or bar spoon in the cup and spin between your hands to mix.
Top with additional crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs

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