The Mint Julep by Richard Barksdale Harwell
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Charlottesville. University Press of Virginia. 1975. First edition. Softcover w. pictorial illustrated cover. Condition: Fine, some darkening and shelf wear on cover. 54pp. (ill. in b/w).
For anyone who has ever enjoyed unwinding with a refreshing cocktail or two, Richard Barksdale Harwell’s elegant volume The Mint Julep provides a delightful foray into the ceremonial, traditional, and regional history of the Old South’s favorite drink. Taking the reader through several often-debated recipes for creating the perfect julep, Harwell also unveils the elusive history behind the drink, from its highly contested origin in Virginia, through Oxford University’s establishment of Mint Julep Day in 1845, and beyond. Summoning voices and anecdotes from the past, Harwell’s handsome little book offers an efficient and enthusiastic voyage into the realm of mixing, stirring, and enjoying the perfect mint julep.