Today is May 5th. So yeah, I should probably be blogging about fun Mexican themed drinks. But...I have something more important in mind. More important to me, I mean ;) Because today being Thursday, May 5th means that last Saturday was April 30th. And that makes this Saturday the first Saturday in May, which means one very important thing:
And in case you didn't know, THE drink of the Kentucky Derby features one of my favorite types of liquor: bourbon. That drink, my dears, is a Mint Julep!
Traditionally, the mint julep is served in a silver plated cup. Obviously my husband and I don't have an abundance of silver plated cups just lying around our house, so we just use plain old glasses. But outside of that, we do it up right at our annual Derby Party. This year will be our third year throwing a Derby party together; previously I threw one with Ex as well (just one, though). Anyway. What really matters is that I am a Derby party food master...but dear Steve is a Mint Julep master for sure. And these are not easy drinks to perfect.
This recipe is probably closest to how Steve makes his Mint Juleps. I'd give you his exact recipe, but it's locked away in his head (like the recipe for his crepes) and he's not sharing! ;)
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
- 32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon
- 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves
- Fill eight cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person's sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups. Serve juleps on a silver platter.
(As a side note, we do not serve our juleps on a silver platter or bother with the straws. As for the bourbon, we use Early Times as that is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep.)
Stay tuned as next week I will absolutely recap you on what is sure to be another successful Kentucky Derby party :)