They are drank on the lawn of the Kentucky Derby by people in funny hats and enjoyed on the porches of the South by people with funny accents. May 30th is Mint Julep Day and I can't think of a better time to celebrate this great drink than on a hot summer day in Texas.

According to, the drink first appeared in the  early 19th century from a British traveler to a Virginia plantation and became a staple of Southern households and saloons in the middle of that century.

The drink consists of sugar, soda water, bourbon, and crushed mint leaves with the drink on ice. So while on a hot evening this summer go visit a great establishment that serves this aristocratic beverage and light a up a cigar for optimal enjoyment.