The Mint Julep

Mint Julep

The Official Drink of the Kentucky Durby

The Mint Julep is THE drink at the Kentucky Derby. If you are not familiar with be Kentucky Derby, also know at the Run For The Roses, it is the most important horse race in the United States.It is the first leg of the Triple Crown for three year old thoroughbred horses.  The other two legs being the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Steaks. If your horse should win all three races, it will retire and it’s siblings can be worth a fortune. Horse racing is called the sport of Kings, and indeed at the Kentucky many of the rich and famous come out to see and be seen.

Considered a drink for  Ladies and Gentlemen alike, The Official drink of the Derby, the Mint Julep, is made up of Bourbon, simple syrup and mint. It is served in a commemorative Kentucky Derby Glass. Keep the glass, they have become a nice collectors item.

Be careful, they taste wonderful but they can sneak up on you and they pack a punch.

How to make a Mint Julep

4 or 5 fresh mint sprigs

2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey

1/2 oz simple syrup

Crushed Ice to fill the glass

1 Sprig of mint for garnish

Muddle mint leaves, and the simple syrup in a collins glass. Fill the glass with  crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice, the ice should fill the glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Chefs note: Simple syrup

1 cup water

1 cup super fine sugar

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved, this will take 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

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5 Responses to The Mint Julep

  1. Debbie
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    I like mint so I should try this some time. I don’t drink very often, so it may take me a while to get to it. Thanks for teaching me a little about the Kentucky Derby.
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  2. Oh I love the look of this. Make mine a double !
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  3. Amy
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    says:

    Chef,
    I’ve never had a mint julep but this looks so delicious! Maybe I’ll try one when the mint is taking over my garden this summer. ;) Maybe you should have one today–it might help your aching head? Take care!
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    • Thanks Amy, but I save my mint juleps for really hot weather so I can set outdoors and
      sip it in the shade. When I think of mint juleps I think of old southern plantations,
      kind of “Gone With The Wind” kind of stuff.
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