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It's Kentucky Derby Time, and That Means "Julep Time"

Make Kentucky Derby mint juleps at home, Northeast Ohio distillers share how
Make mint juleps and watch the Kentucky Derby from home. While the traditional julep requires simply bourbon, sugar and mint, several interpretations offer an interesting twist. We gathered recipes from Northeast Ohio distilleries.

If You Prefer Your Julep with Literary Support, Here are the Will and Walker Percy Approaches

Mint Julep: The Percy Battle?
Poet Will Percy provided this recipe for the Mint Julep in his autobiography, Lanterns on the Levee: First you needed excellent bourbon whisky; rye or Scotch would not do at all. Then you put half an inch of sugar in the bottom of the glass and merely dampened it with

Or You Can do the Fred Sanford Approach, and Use Ripple to Make a "Mint Jipple" (a chart of Fred's Ripple cocktails)

Notable Shots from that Hilarious Video

Coors marketed Zima to appeal to a "mythical demographic': men who don't like the taste of beer. Its actual demographic, it turns out, was women and (what the alcohol industry likes to call) "pre-legal consumers."

Zima allowed even light beer drinkers to feel manly and macho.

Early Zima sales were fostered by an urban legend that it wouldn't register on a breathalyzer.

Billy Carter thought Billy Beer might allow him to become the Colonel Sanders of beer.

The Billy Beer manufacturer quickly cranked out 2 billion cans . . . of the "cheapest crap they could legally call 'beer.'" The hope? They'd sell all of it before people realized it was swill. It didn't work. There were so many extra Billy Beers, you still buy one today for just $1.

Ripple, despite Sanford and Son's efforts, never caught on, primarily because it was too strong for youngsters who wanted something sweeter (and who migrated to Boone's Farm) and not strong enough for the urban demographic. The United Fruit Workers strike against Gallo took specific aim at Ripple.

It also suffered intense (and just) criticism based on aesthetics.

If You Want More History about Gallo's Fortified Wines

Night Train: An American Legend
The tent city crisis continues. It was even the subject of a recent Econtalk episode, in which the guest explained that the tent cities result from