June 26, 2007
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 Originally made with Monongahela wiskey from Pittsburgh, or wheat wiskey from Taos.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.