Perhaps that explains my fondness for the liberal use of freshly grown mint.
You don't have to put on a foo-foo hat and drive all the way
to Churchill Downs to get into the Derby fun today.
Just stir up a traditional Julep and flick on the tv.
A couple of these and you'll be standing on the back
of the sofa, cheering on your favorite pony.....
(Be careful! More than a couple of these and you'll be riding the back of the couch like a horse, whipping the pillows and screaming,
"Run, Flicka, run! One more furlong and we got 'em beat!!!")
Traditional Mint Julep
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups water, heated
- 2 cups sugar
- cracked ice
- bourbon (Kentucky, of course...duh!)
First, make syrup:
Heat water. Whisk in sugar. Remove from heat.
Add mint & allow to steep for at least 20 minutes.
For each Mint Julep:
Add cracked ice to Julep tumbler or glass. Add 1 1/2 oz Bourbon.
Add 2 1/2 teaspoons syrup. Stir lightly. Garnish with fresh mint leaf.
Mint Juleps are traditionally served with two short straws.