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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