Saturday, May 7, 2011
Derby Day Mint Juleps
It's Derby Day! We aren't big Kentucky Derby fans, but we always make a point to watch "the fastest two minutes in sports". The official drink of the Kentucky Derby is the mint julep. We've never had mint juleps, so we decided to give them a try.
I must confess, our favorite thing about Kentucky is the bourbon. Chicken Legs is a Maker's Mark man; more specifically a Maker's 46 man, so this drink was right up his alley. The mint juleps were simple to make and tasted pretty good. They are very sweet (just like me), and you must like bourbon. I thought it was a bourbon mojito. We now know why everyone in the infield at the Kentucky Derby is drunk - way too many mint juleps!
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 with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (I used more syrup than bourbon - that is a lot of bourbon!). Top each cup with a mint sprig.
Cooked by Steph & Eaten by Tadd 5/07/2011