Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mint Julep

This is the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, the spring horse race that's first in the Triple Crown. It is an especially strong drink, which explains why so many people get drunk wearing big hats in the midfield--or at least it explains a part of this tradition.

Another tradition is to use a Julep cup, a metal cup that gets really frosty when you use crushed ice. None of that is in the recipe that I have but seems to have evolved along with the large hats that go with the race.
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • Simple syrup
  • 2 oz. bourbon
Muddle mint leaves in 1 tsp. of simple syrup in a highball glass. Add shaved or crushed ice and bourbon and stir. garnish with several unmuddled mint leaves.
This photo shows off my small batch 1783 Evan Williams and the 2014 Kentucky Derby julep glass that Meghan got from the Evan Williams distillery.

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