The Mint Julep first appeared in print in 1803 and was described as "a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it." I don't know why it isn't served up year 'round, because a well-made julep is a wonderful thing! In the mid 1800's Southern silversmiths actually fashioned a julep cup. They're highly prized, as most Southern silver is long disappeared - plundered during the Civil War or melted down for armaments. It's a sad lament.
“A mint julep is not the product of a formula. It is a ceremony and must be performed by a gentleman possessing a true sense of the artistic, a deep reverence for the ingredients, and a proper appreciation of the occasion. It is a rite that must not be entrusted to a novice, a statistician, nor a Yankee. It is a heritage of the Old South, an emblem of hospitality, and a vehicle in which noble minds can travel together upon the flower-strewn paths of happy and congenial thought.”
Frieling Atlas 420203 Granite Mortar & Pestle 4-3/4" High - $56.95
from: Kerekes kitchen & Restaurant Supplies
We wouldn't use an ordinary plastic muddler to make our mint juleps (or Mojitos) but we would recommend this Frieling Atlas granite mortar and pestle set for your kitchen. Great for blending spices and an elegant appearance you'll leave out to decorate your counter space.