As today is Cinco de Mayo, which has been described as “Americans’ Mexican excuse to drink” (like St. Patrick’s Day is Americans; Irish excuse to drink), I “appropriated” some culture and had a burrito for supper/breakfast. No Mexican beer, and no tequila, even if though it is early for most it is late for me.
Today, however, is also the day of the Kentucky Derby and that means a Mint Julep. And while juleps can be made with various things, on this day the julep simply must be made with bourbon, and a quality one at that. Jim Beam might be perfectly acceptable in other places, but not here. There is good reason that Churchill Downs uses Old Forester (don’t let the price fool you, they could easily get away with charging more). I went with Evan Williams as 1) I have it in stock and 2) it was the lower proof of what I have and there is NO moderator at all, beyond the ice, in a julep. The julep, as you might have surmised (or learned by painful experience) is a sipping drink meant to be savored slowly. Quaffing, even without the spilling as per Terry Pratchett, is Right Out.
My choice of drink today needed some explanation at the local watering hole where I had breakfast/supper (before they could serve alcohol anyway). At home as they didn’t have the mint and bourbon as that’s what the Derby’s julep calls for. And this after the owner got in some rye (Bulleit, at that. I was really expect Jim Beam rye or Old Overcoat Overholt, really.) and made a point of not opening the bottle until I was present for it.