June 26, 2007


Hail stones bouncing off the roof

The late Sam Arnold of The Fort restaurant in Morrison, Colorado, helped to keep alive the hailstorm, a Southern Plains version of the mint julep.

Although many early nineteenth-century mint julep recipes called for brandy rather than whiskey, the hailstorm is a whiskey drink:

Hail Storm Julip
From the 1830's the earliest known mixed drink served in Colorado, from Bent's Fort. Originally made with Monongahela wiskey from Pittsburgh, or wheat wiskey from Taos.
# 3 oz bourbon
# 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
# 2 sprigs of fresh mint leaves

place crushed ice in pint size mason jar, add bourbon,
sugar and mint screw top in place,
shake at least 50 times...remove lid and drink from jar.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me of The Fort and its juleps. I hoisted many a mason jar there when we lived here before

Chas S. Clifton said...

And if I had really been in the spirit of things, I would have been holding a highball glass out into the storm to catch some of those cherry-size hailstones.