Kentucky Derby!Posted: May 3, 2012
Is everyone else just as excited as I am about the Kentucky Derby this weekend? When I was young, I used to go to the Derby with my family and I was always completely enamored by the beautiful red roses overflowing everywhere and all of the sophisticated ladies in their elaborate hats. Though I haven’t been to the actual Derby in years, I still enjoy a toast to the most exciting two minutes of sports complete with mint juleps and my finest headwear.
For those of you hosting a Derby party at home. Please try my absolute favorite Mint Julep recipe!
1 scant ounce of minted simple syrup (see below for details)
2 cups of crushed ice
2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon
Fresh mint for garnish
Minted Simple Syrup
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 bunch of mint
In heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Increase heat slightly, then simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pan off heat, add mint leaves, and steep 15 minutes. Strain, then refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)
Add the minted simple syrup to a silver mint julep cup, then add 1 cup of crushed ice, bourbon and a splash of water. Add enough of the remaining ice to almost fill the cup. Stir well and garnish with mint sprigs. Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.
Make sure to serve your mint juleps in lovely silver cups!