Historic RecipesMint Julep

The Mint Julep — a cocktail of mint leaf, bourbon, sugar, and crushed ice — has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. So how is it that the Mint Julep came to be synonymous with the most prestigious horse race in the United States?

The julep cup itself is a longstanding Southern tradition. For wealthy Southerners, silver or pewter cups were popular gifts for weddings, christenings, and graduations. Monogrammed and dated to mark the occasion, they were handed down as family heirlooms. Such cups were also perfect for cocktails — when held by the top edge or bottom, the crushed ice inside will create a frosty exterior.

As for the beverage, the Mint Julep appeared in 1784 as a remedy for pain and upset stomach. In the early 1800s, Virginians would sip brandy or rum juleps over breakfast. The drink made its way west, from the high society of Virginia to the working class of Kentucky, and brandy was replaced by bourbon, a liquor that was less inexpensive and more readily available. Juleps became akin to coffee at dawn for farmers facing long days in the fields.

In 1938, the Mint Julep became Churchill Downs‘ signature drink. It was sold for 75 cents in a collectible souvenir glass. Today, more than 120,000 juleps are served at the Kentucky Derby each year.


• 2.5 ounces of bourbon whisky (non-alcoholic alternative: ginger ale)
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 2 teaspoons water
• Fresh mint sprigs (stems removed)
• Crushed ice


• Place 3-5 mint leaves at the bottom of the cup and muddle gently. Add sugar and water and crush slightly. Fill cup with crushed ice. Add bourbon and garnish with a mint sprig.

Let’s Set The World on Fire(We Can Burn Brighter Than The Sun)

I know the song was around for over a year or two, but I heard an acoustic version and couldn’t let this though die. So it’s a college AU one-shot inspired by “We Are Young” by Fun. (Roughly 2K words and even more roughly edited).

It’s a typical Saturday night for the ‘newly’ single Killian Jones, if you can still say ‘newly’ after a few months(seventy-nine days if we’re counting, but who ever is), and his friends just snuck off to the bathroom with their own party favors while he’s talking up some 'trollop’ as Liam would say.

I sent you to school to get an education Killian, not a series of notches in your belt.

She’s flirty, sprite-like but no matter how much he fingers her blonde waves, they’ll never turn to gold quite like hers.

And alas, at the exact moment the thought flashes through his mind, silky gold flashes through his peripheral. He turns abruptly, letting the lackluster blonde tendril fall from his hands as his jaw falls open.


She’s sitting just across the bar, alone, a drink in her hand almost too quickly. She’s barely slid off her coat.

She’s a beautiful disaster, with tired eyes and a slouch in her shoulders and he did that to her. He let her down. Let her shoulders fall and her smile fade and that’s when it claims him; this miraculous thought that may or may not be alcohol induced.

Change that, even if just for tonight. Dammit Jones bring back the light in her eyes even if just for tonight.

So he strolls across the bar without a word to his companion.

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List of Locations from Parts Unknown: Jamaica

Piggy’s Jerk Centre
At the junction of Harbour Street and West Street
Port Antonio, Jamaica

Orcabessa 00000, Jamaica

Tony meets up with legendary music producer Chris Blackwell for drinks at his private bar at his hotel, Goldeneye. 

Trident Hotel / Castle
Anchovy STP
Port Antonio, Jamaica

Tony and crew stayed at the Trident Hotel during the filming in Port Antonio. Tony also dined with Trident owner Michael Lee-Chin and trident Manager/Music Producer Jon Baker at the Trident Castle in Port Antonio.
Chris’ Cook Shop
On the Main Road in Oracabessa, Across from Maxine’s Hot Spot
Oracabessa, Jamaica

Tony had an Oxtail and Curried Goat lunch with Chris Marsh, chef and owner of his Cook Shop on the Main Road in Oracabessa.
Cynthia’s At Winnifred Beach
Last Food Stand to the West of the Beach, Fairy Hill, before Boston Beach
Port Antonio, Jamaica

Tony visits Winnifred Beach, the local’s beach in Port Antonio for a classic Jamaican meal, Ackee and Saltfish.
Dr. Hoe Rum Bar
On the Road to James Bond Beach
Oracabessa, Jamaica

Tony met up with Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw to have a rum and beer breakfast with local fishermen at Dr. Hoe Rum Bar in Oracabessa.