In celebration, and because it's Friday, and because I missed all the Derby and Oaks celebrations (here's why the Oaks race is better than the Derby, plus some other funny Louisville stuff), my Friday Book Drinks this week is a mint julep paired with Jennifer Echols' Love Story.
Mint juleps are one of my favorite drinks because BOURBON (see article linked above), and this is just a really classy way to drink it. Plus, they're only made at Churchill Downs for Derby specifically. I mean, you can technically make them whenever, and they serve them at the Oaks, but it's a special seasonal drink that's iconically Derby.
Other than the obvious reason that it's for horse racing and Kentucky (okay, that's really the whole basis for my reasoning on this one), it's just a super classy drink that I also envision writers (and on occasion experience myself) sipping casually while working on their stories. The main character in the book is a writing major entering college, and a lot of what takes place is about writing. There are also stories written by her intermittently throughout the book. The whole thing exudes Kentucky, and I really enjoyed it.
Here's how to make your own mint julep. If you are under 21 or just don't like alcohol, I recommend substituting ginger ale for the bourbon and adding a touch of lemon juice just to spice it up a little more.
Cooking note: heat up the sugar and water together and it helps it dissolve much better. Don't burn it, just heat it a little bit.