Forever a fan of the Run for the Roses…horses, hats and mint juleps!
Here’s a favorite recipe for the official mint julep of the Kentucky Derby:
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 bunches fresh mint, divided
- 24 oz. (3 cups) Kentucky whisky (Early Times is the official brand of the Derby)
- Crushed ice
- Frosted pewter or silver cups (the cutest) or tall old-fashioned glasses
Combine sugar and water and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes until thick and clear. While hot, stir in (1) bunch of mint sprigs. Let cool. Then strain the syrup into a small container and discard the mint.
When ready, pour (2) ounces (1/4 cup) whiskey and (2) ounces of syrup into each ice filled, frosted cup. Add a sprig of mint (and for fun, a cute striped straw to match your jockey’s colors!)