Kentucky Derby

I think somewhere, somehow the Mint Julep got a bad rap. It sounds like something an old lady would drink. Maybe an old lady with a taste for strong kick ass drinks!

Every year on the first Saturday of May, I make this amazing cocktail, don a hat and watch the Kentucky Derby, hollering out loud for my horse to win. I suggest you give it a try. You won’t be sad you did. Make the simple syrup ahead of time cuz it shouldn’t be hot or your ice will melt!

You will need, ice, bourbon, mint leaves, sugar and water.

The Mint Julep is made with 3 to 5 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce mint-infused simple syrup, fresh mint leaves, and a generous amount of shaved or pulverized ice.

To make simple syrup bring one cup water and one cup sugar and some mint leaves to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Let cool. Get a towel, throw a ton of ice cubes in, wrap them and beat em up with a hammer. Then you will have crushed ice.

“Muddle (smoosh with a spoon) 1⁄2 oz of syrup with mint leaves in bottom of a highball glass (something you’d make a regular size drink in). Rub entire inside of cup with the syrupy leaves. Pack the cup to over the rim with ice. Pour the other half ounce of syrup over the ice, followed by the bourbon. Garnish with a leafy sprig of mint. Drink slowly, that’s a lot of bourbon through a straw.”


1 Response to “Kentucky Derby”

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    May 7, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I hate burboun but this drink is great. My parents throw a Derby party every year and it is the only time I ever have this drink. It seems to go with the race.

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