Of course, there is always the traditional Mint Julep...
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And there is nothing better than a silver julep to drink from! Miss Betty always kept her julep cups on the butler's tray outside the kitchen door, and my brother and I grew up drinking our milk from them. They were so much fun, because they would frost beautifully and allow us to draw all kinds of patterns on them! Again, Miss Betty lived by the credo, "if you have it, use it!"
This is one of my favorite photos, from when my brother was an infant. My dad is holding us on his lap on the front porch of the house in Virginia Beach, where I spent the first couple of years of my life. Notice his cup of choice?
Here's a fun drink recipe to serve in your julep cups (or highball glasses)....
(*For my readers under 21...or for those of you who do not care for alcohol: To make yours special, please substitute something like San Pellegrino or ginger ale for the vodka...)
The Madras is a refreshing, fruity highball drink that should be included on everyone's drinks to know list. Yet, while it may be an easy drink to make (vodka, cranberry, orange), it can be easily confused with its vodka-cranberry cousins like the Cape Codder (vodka-cranberry), Sea Breeze (vodka-cranberry-grapefruit) and Bay Breeze (vodka-cranberry-pineapple).
- Pour the vodka and cranberry juice into a highball glass (or julep cup!).
- Stir well.
- Top off with orange juice.
- The Classic Preppy always has hers over crushed ice!