Saturday, May 03, 2008

Derby Day

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
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.


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