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When George Washington's mother served Lafayette mint julep with "spiced gingerbread" on his return to America in 1784, a flavor filled the kitchen which was to last for centuries. Mrs. Washington included West India molasses, a wine glass of brandy, and the juice and rind of an orange in addition to the usual gingerbread ingredients.
"Revolution of Lafayette's Favorite Dessert 1784-1961,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 41
, Article 2.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol41/iss4/2