The mint julep is the quintessential 19th-century American drink. The julep before Prohibition was neither relegated to Kentucky nor its consumption confined to Derby weekend, but instead a nationwide phenomenon popularized and perfected by the many African-American bartenders working in bar rooms around the country. Then made from spirits as wide ranging as cognac, rye whiskey, and peach brandy in addition to bourbon, the one thing juleps had in common across America was their presentation in a Sterling silver cup ("always a silver cup," printed the Chicago Tribune in 1908).
These gorgeous, real Sterling silver plate cups will give your mint juleps frosty authenticity that cannot be beat. If not using for a refreshing julep, these cups will easily double as distinguished flower vases for your home decor.