The Kentucky Derby is the one horse race folks watch even if they don't watch another horse race all year. The festivities are over the top to say the least.
It is tradition that Mint Julep's are served. During the two day races, over 120,000 Mint Julep's are sold!
Mint is readily available, so take a moment and make a Mint Julep in honor of this wonderful event.
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep
6 Mint leave sprigs
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
In a small saucepan, simmer leaves of 2 sprigs of Mint, sugar and water until blended about 5 minutes. This will be your simple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove leaves from 2 sprigs of Mint. Place mint and 4 Tbsp of simple syrup in each glass. Muddle leaves to crush. Add 2 0z. of bourbon and ice to each glass. Stir well to chill and blend flavors.
Mint Julep's are tradionally served in a silver cup, enjoy in your favoite glass with or without a hat!
Be healthy & enjoy,