A few dozen attendees gathered around The Gladly's bar on Sunday afternoon to watch Nass mix and shake up the drinks while explaining the history behind each cocktail. After watching each demonstration, co-host and The Gladly mixologist Brian Goodwin passed out cocktails for the crowd to enjoy.
The whiskey journey began with the oldest of the four drinks, a mint julep, which dates back to 1784. Nass' simple recipe included just two ingredients: whiskey (in this case, Builleit 10 year) and mint syrup. Nass explained that the mint julep was originally prescribed by doctors as a means for treating stomach illnesses.
Though a two ingredient drink might seem pretty straightforward to make, Nass shared a few of his tricks to taking your julep game to the next level. For example, he explained that lightly hitting fresh mint springs on the edge of the glass releases the herbs' essential oils directly into the cocktail -- as opposed to slapping them in your hand, which puts the oils on your palm. Another surprising tip: buy bags of crushed ice from Sonic to get the perfect consistency for a julep.