I don’t know why, but whenever I hear the words “Mint Julep,” I picture an old white Southern gentleman, robust and red-faced, sweltering in the summer heat on his porch. Aside from the mint, Julepites insist that pewter or silver cups be used in making this refreshing cocktail. They feel the most important part is the frosty condensation outside of the cup that occurs from the metal and the (always crushed!) ice, which back in the 18th century, was expensive and considered quite the status symbol to have. Yes, ice.