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How To Make The Iconic Mint Julep This Derby Season With Four Roses Bourbon

Hey, y’all!

I hope you are well — and that you getting some rest for the upcoming week! It’s going to be one for the books. There’s nothing quite like the Run for the Roses and I am, especially this time of year, immensely proud to be a Kentuckian.

The Derby, to me, signifies tradition.

If you’ve been to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, chances are you’ve indulged in one (or two!) Mint Juleps. The iconic bourbon cocktail is a celebrated piece of southern culture — and one that I take very seriously.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, though its history is much more expansive. It was first mentioned in print in 1803; It’s also said that KY Senator Henry Clay made the drink popular in Washington, D.C. at the Round Robin Bar around 1850.

The notoriety doesn’t end there, either — many presidents have fancied the Mint Julep and many writers have made them popular in their works, such as novelists Margaret Mitchell and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Clovers paid tribute to the drink in “One Mint Julep” and Ray Charles took the song to the top of the charts about a decade later. I also love to listen to “Julep” by the Punch Brothers.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)


To quote the iconic song by the Clovers:

“A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all…”


It isn’t Derby season (or spring/summer) without a Mint Julep, y’all. You can have one at the track, or you can make it at home. If you opt to have it at home, please enjoy this recipe — it is SO easy and absolutely irresistible! Your next party will be a hit if you serve these, I promise you.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Kentucky Mint Julep With Four Roses Bourbon


2.5 oz. Four Roses Bourbon

4-5 Mint Leaves

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Crushed Ice


  1. Pour simple syrup into a Derby glass.
  2. Add mint leaves and muddle to extract the flavor.
  3. Fill cup with crushed ice (almost to the top).
  4. Add Four Roses Bourbon.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

Now, won’t you sit down on the porch, stay awhile, and share a julep with me? You bring the conversation, I’ll bring the cocktails!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Yes Brands Audible Experience: Live A Better Life With JCP Eats

Hey, y’all!

I was so honored to recently be interviewed on the The Yes Brands Audible Experience: Live A Better Life Podcast!


Description: “JC Phelps has built an online brand through sharing his life, being vulnerable, and showing people ways to live life with more joy and fulfillment.”

 In this interview, I get real. I talk about my body, my weight, body positivity, my growth online, my career goals, my hometown, my family history, etc.

It was so much fun! A special thanks to Jason Mudd for having me!

Check it out here:

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: This is not a sponsored post; I was not compensated.

National Doughnut Day

Hey, y’all!

Friday, June 1st was a very important day for us foodies – National Doughnut Day! Before we start talking about those delicious carbohydrates, I have a confession. In my world, it is 100% doughnut, not donut. That spelling makes me cringe.

I wasn’t in Louisville to celebrate the day; rather, I was home in Southern Kentucky. Where did I celebrate, then?



To quote their website, “Six decades, seventy varieties, one dedicated family.”

Their story: “Amon and Rosemary Stephens were in Detroit, Michigan, when they received a call from Rosemary’s uncle saying he wanted to sell his bakery. He had taught the couple everything he knew about the business, and now wanted to turn it over to them.

So for her birthday, Amon gave Rosemary a bakery. The transaction was complete on January 18, 1951 and the couple set up shop in a small space off of Zachary Way in Downtown Somerset.

“That’s what he bought me for my birthday, and I tell [people] I haven’t been out of a job since,” Rosemary said.

The bakery outgrew that original location, and during the next six decades moved several places — including Tradewinds Shopping Center and the Somerset Mall — before landing in its current location on South Highway 27 at Light 13.

The bakery has been a focal point of the Stephens family throughout the years. Though Amon, a World War II veteran and ordained minister, retired from day-to-day operation several years before his death in 2012 at age 90, he and Rosemary remained familiar faces at the bakery. People in the community remember him not only for his famous sweets, but also for his giving nature and compassionate spirit. The bakery has been involved with many community service efforts, including God’s Food Pantry, the American Cancer Society and the Organ Donor Program.

Now owned and operated by Doug Stephens, one of the couple’s four sons, Amon’s is a favorite among locals, tourists and dignitaries. It’s even rumored that President Bill Clinton at one time dispatched runners to get Amon’s doughnuts for him. Amon’s Sugar Shack is nationally recognized for its sweets and café-style meals, having been featured twice as a favorite in Southern Living magazine (including No. 1 favorite bakery), and selected as one of the 101 best places to eat in Kentucky by journalist Gary West. The recognition has drawn business from people across the country.

While the bakery’s claim to fame is the original glazed donut, the bakery offers more than 70 varieties at any given time. All of the donut production is done by hand; all breads, cakes, icing and cookies are made from scratch.”


If you are ever in Somerset or Southern Kentucky, don’t miss out on their delicious offerings! Plus, a doughnut, such as the one above, will only set you back $1.00.

You can visit them at 1900 South U.S. Hwy. 27, Light No. 13, Somerset, KY, 42501 and they can be reached at (606) 678-4392. Be sure to tell them that JCP Eats sent ya!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Happy Birthday, Kentucky!

Y’all — I’m a day late to the party. As a ride-or-die, through-and-through Kentuckian, I should be ashamed of myself. However, being fashionably late is excusable on occasion, correct?

Yesterday was Kentucky’s 226th birthday. My dear Commonwealth, you’re not as old as Methuselah – but, you’re gettin’ on up there! But, like fine wine, you get better with age.

What is Kentucky to me?

Kentucky is a heritage. It’s Phelps Acres Farm, the land my family homesteaded in 1798 – the very land that I grew up on. It’s people – God fearin’, hard workin’, genuinely good folk. It’s strong bourbon, bluegrass, the tulip poplar. It’s cardinals (not wildcats, ya know), the sun shinin’ bright. It’s the sweetest of tea, the farmhouse meals that rival a Michelin star restaurant. It’s the hills, the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the creeks.


It’s my Commonwealth — the only place that I ever want to call home.

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

SpiropaLOUza 2018, Presented by 502 Bar & Bistro

Hey, y’all!

I’m writing to tell you about an event here in Louisville that you do not want to miss: SpiropaLOUza 2018, Presented by 502 Bar & Bistro!


At this event, hip-hop and country will collide in a philanthropic night to benefit research efforts to cure Cystic Fibrosis! How can you say no to that combination?

Nappy Roots will headline the inaugural SpiropaLOUza, while also being joined by country music duo Branch & Dean. The event is on June 9th, 2018 from 5:00-10:00PM at the Norton Commons Amphitheater.

To quote the press release, “Nappy Roots, best known for hits “Awnaw”, “Po’ Folks”, and collaboration “Good Day”, formed as a group in the late 90s when they were students at Western Kentucky University. They recently  launched a watermelon kolsch in collaboration with Against the Grain Brewery, endearingly called “Watermelon, Chiquen, & Gritz” after their first full-length album. The beer will be featured at the event.
Country duo Branch & Dean, national celebrity ambassadors for the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation, have a vested interest in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. Steve Branch’s distinctive vocals anchor the duo’s breakthrough hit The Dash, a tribute to his 23-year-old son, Theron, who died from cystic fibrosis in 2013. Following his son’s death, the group began touring the country to raise support and awareness for CF.”


All proceeds from this event will benefit Cure CF, Inc. – a Louisville-based non-profit
dedicated to fundraising for research to cure Cystic Fibrosis.

You can attend this event, enjoy awesome music, and help fund Cystic Fibrosis research for only $30; a reserved parking pass can also be purchased for $10. To purchase tickets, visit:

JCP Eats is proud to partner with charity events around the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is my belief that we, as people, have a moral obligation to help those less privileged, less fortunate, and those that suffer. This is a very worthy cause and I hope that each of y’all will attend!

As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

My best,


FTC: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Get To Know JCP Eats: 24 Facts, 24th Year

Hey, y’all!

My best friend Shelby, along with Evie, recently hosted a belated 24th birthday party for me here in Louisville; I was out of the country on my actual birthday, May 11th. The party was cactus-themed, which if you know me, you are aware of how iconic that is. Cupcakes, champagne, and personalized toasts from the guests, some of the most important people in my life – what a blessing! I am immensely grateful for the talented, amazing, loving people that are in my life.


There have been many new faces around JCP Eats as of late – thus, as I begin year 24 of my life, I thought that I would take this opportunity to tell y’all 24 facts about me.

  1. My name is Jacob C. Phelps – however, I go by JC. I didn’t pick up this habit until my father, the late JC Phelps, died when I was 15 years old. Going by JC is a way that I honor his memory and legacy; furthermore, it enables me to maintain a level of connectivity with him in my present life. 
  2. I strongly believe in simple food, for it can often be the most palatable. My three favorites are good cheese, good bread, and lobster.
  3. Though I’m not much of a drinker, my go-to is a gin and tonic with two limes (a non-negotiable).
  4. I graduated from Centre College with degrees in Economics and Finance. From there, I obtained my MBA from the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University. Currently, I am enrolled as a full-time law student at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
  5. I have many professional goals in life. First and foremost, I want to be an attorney, preferably in the corporate or financial world; eventually, I would love to open up my own practice. Alongside that, it would be a dream to also be a part-time college professor. Lastly, I don’t see JCP Eats going anywhere – it’s my passion. I never plan to give up this job. I’m all about that #MultipleHustles life.
  6. If I could time travel back to one event, I would go back to move and groove at Woodstock. 
  7. My family has deep roots to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, tracing back to Daniel Boone and Ft. Boonesborough. When we left the fort, we set up base in modern-day Russell County, Kentucky. Phelps Acres Farm was homesteaded in 1798 and I was proudly raised on that very land. I look forward to living on the farm once again in the future.
  8. I am an avid bargain shopper – vintage shopping, estate sales, thrifting, and discount stores are my jam. It would be really fun if I could incorporate that into the lifestyle section of my website.
  9. My journey in food blogging, social media, and Instagram started out of eating disorder recovery. I started taking photos of my food to change my relationship with food. The personal growth that JCP Eats has catalyzed in my life is a blessing – and one that I am forever indebted to.
  10. I am a budding world traveler. I have been to several countries, 16 at the moment, yet my goal is to hit 100. My next country will be in June – voy a Cuba! The next destinations that I have my sights set on are Iceland, England, Ireland, Jamaica, and Aruba.
  11. One of my goals is to start a nonprofit that continues my great-grandmother’s devotion to literacy in Southern Kentucky and Appalachia. I want this to be a way for both myself and future generations of my family to continue our devotion to philanthropy.
  12. Fact: I need a fan on me at all times; also, I keep my apartment at 63 degrees.
  13. I am a very talkative person – an extrovert to say the least. I think this comes from my experiences as a child. When I was born, the majority of the muscles in my mouth were undeveloped. This led to intensive speech therapy, speech hangups, and, ultimately, the inability to speak at times. Verbalization is thus something that I will never take for granted and is the reason why I love to strike a conversation and never know a stranger.
  14. One of my inspirations for pursuing a legal career is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Notorious RBG is a powerhouse – and one that has inspired me on a plethora of levels. 
  15. I have a strong, unwavering obsession with cacti and succulents. My apartment is full of them!
  16. I once crashed a post-wedding celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana. So much fun!
  17. I came out as a homosexual at the age of 18 – I was a first year student at Centre College. Luckily, I had an overall good experience and I haven’t looked back since. 
  18. In the food world, I am inspired by the Barefoot Contessa. Ina’s cooking is simple, refined, yet extremely elegant. I very much relate to her style.
  19. I am known for my sandals – I wear them all year. Unless I have to be formal, catch me in my Rainbows, my Birkenstocks, my Tevas, or my Chacos. No apologies.
  20. I am a major TV buff. My favorite shows include Sex and the City, Parks and Recreation, RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Office, Gilmore Girls, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, the Barefoot Contessa, Grace & Frankie, Friends, Gossip Girl, and most currently, Riverdale.
  21. Music is a big part of my life. My most listened to album is “Sound and Color” by the Alabama Shakes.
  22. When I am not taste testing for JCP Eats, my go-to meal at home is orzo. It’s simple, filling, and very customizable.
  23. Grocery shopping is a passion of mine. I am one of those people that walk up and down every aisle. My six must-buy items? Feta cheese, lemons, cotton candy grapes, orzo, cucumbers (especially English cucumbers!), and Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard.
  24. My blood is comprised of sweet tea and Diet Coke; both are necessary for a life well-lived. Case closed.

I hope that these facts enable y’all to feel more connected to me. I’m not an online account, I’m a person. A Kentuckian with varied tastes, quirks, and idiosyncrasies. It’s an honor to share my life on a daily basis online and I consider it to be an utmost privilege to get to know all y’all along the way. Thanks for your impact during the last year of my life – cheers to year 24!


As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: I was not compensated for this post. I, at times, am fortunate enough to receive accommodations in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

A Letter To My Best Friend On Her College Graduation

Shelby, or as I like to call you, sister:

You’ve finished your undergraduate career! What a feat – certainly one to celebrate!


Let’s reminiscence, shall we?

I met you when you were a freshman at Centre College during your first week of classes; I, a Junior at the time, was in the same Philosophy class as you with Dr. Eva Cadavid. Upon finding out that you, too, were a Southern Kentuckian (and the Lake Cumberland region, to boot) – I had to befriend you.

While I immediately wanted to be your friend, I had no idea what would transpire. I didn’t think I’d be inheriting family, a travel partner, a confidant, a ride or die, a person that I love with every ounce of my being. But, I did – and I’m eternally grateful.

Our commonalities are ever-evolving. You’re moving to Louisville, my city. We will always share our SOKY heritage, our love for our alma mater, and now we are taking on law school together. Think of a more iconic duo – I dare you.


Though we are only two years apart, I feel much older than you. In fact, I see you as the younger sibling that I never had. I’m protective, defensive, and most importantly, incessantly proud.

My bestowment upon you today, the day before you graduate, is a demand. Well, that’s a little harsh – it’s a request, one that it would strongly behoove you to follow. What is it?

Start seeing yourself the way that I see you.

You are strong, beautiful, intelligent, kind.

You have a way to make me laugh that no one else does, even if it makes me roll my eyes.

You have a giving heart, a southern spirit – something that is rare, pure, and to be celebrated.

You have determination and the skill to back it up.

You are worthy, deserving.

You are the best – and you are capable.

I’ll always be in your corner.


I cannot wait to see you walk the line tomorrow – I’m not sure I’ve ever been so proud of you! Let’s kick some law school ass in the coming years & make this world a better, more equitable place.

I love you, sister.



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