The best approach to brew a mythological packet julep

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Walker Percy was a great, worldly southern writer and
narrator who died in 1990.

Born in Alabama, he lived most of his life in Covington, a town
nearby New Orleans.

That’s flattering distant from Kentucky and a annual Run for a Roses,
that takes place on Saturday during a pretentious Churchill Downs
racetrack.

But a signature splash of a Derby, a initial leg of a Triple
Crown, is a packet julep. And Walker Percy knew packet juleps.

A julep is indeed a flattering elementary movement on a basic
whiskey cocktail. We’re articulate about Kentucky here, so the
whiskey of choice is Bourbon.

Typically, some sugarine and packet is perplexed during a bottom of a
glass, and afterwards in goes a ice and a booze. Cool, sweetened
Bourbon, a good bit of it. A integrate of these on a comfortable day and
you’re feeling no pain.

There is a some-more polished and pondering approach to devour a mint
julep, requiring a bit some-more time than it takes a container of
three-year-old Thoroughbreds to span a mile-and-a-quarter.

As it turns out, a recipe for a some-more superb and literary
julep comes from Percy, who won a National Book Award for his
really initial novel, “The Moviegoer,” and who for a era of
readers tangible a post-William Faulkner accumulation of thoughtful
southern writing. we initial encountered Percy’s recipe behind in the
1980s, when we picked adult a collection of his essays, “Signposts
in a Strange Land
.”


Walker Percy
Percy in an interview
before his death.

Screenshot via
YouTube


It’s morality itself, nonetheless we have to be studious for the
alchemy of bourbon, ice, sugar, and packet to occur. And mind you,
this is a Bourbon drinker’s packet julep — there isn’t adequate sugar
in it to take a corner off a liquor. In fact, it comes from
Percy’s brief 1975 letter “Bourbon.”

You need glorious Bourbon whiskey; rye or Scotch will not do.
Put half an in. of sugarine in a bottom of potion and merely
moderate it with water. Next, really fast — and here is a trick
in a procession — vanquish your ice, indeed powder it, preferably
in a towel with a wooden mallet, so fast that it stays dry,
and, slipping dual sprigs of uninformed packet opposite a inside of the
glass, squeeze a ice right to a brim, make-up it with your hand.
Finally, fill a glass, that apparently has no room left for
anything else, with Bourbon, a comparison a better, and abrade a
bit of nutmeg on a top. The potion will ice immediately. Then
settle behind in your chair for half an hour of accumulative bliss.

we adore that final line! Cumulative bliss! Sounds flattering good to
me. we consider I’ll be creation Percy’s packet julep this weekend — as I
have utterly a few times before.

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