Off To The Races!

Jul 15th

Time to get down in Kentucky!

My family recently went to the Hollywood Race Track for the horse races.

I couldn’t make it but I was inspired by the fun stories they told me.

Horse racing attracts fun fashion with big hats and gambling gone good or bad.

But I drew a little inspiration for this week’s cocktail.

As previously mentioned, I love having herbs in my drinks.

Thyme, rosemary…you name it!

So time for a little mint!

The Mint Julep is a staple for the Kentucky Derby, traditionally served in silver or pewter mugs.

Since Louisville is not on m agenda anytime soon I decided to pretend to travel there.

This cocktail is light and refreshing…perfect for the warm summer days!

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons water
2 ounces good-quality Kentucky bourbon

Mint leaves
Crushed ice
2 tablespoons mint syrup (you can make or buy)

 

Mint Syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 bunch fresh mint sprigs

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat an pour over a handful of mint leaves and gently crush the mint with a spoon.

Refrigerator syrup mixture overnight in a closed jar. Remove mint leaves and continue to refrigerate. This syrup mixture will keep for several weeks.

Preparation:

Crush or muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of an 8-ounce Mint Julep Cup (using the back of a spoon to crush mint leaves) until mixture forms a paste.

Then fill the Mint Julep Cup 1/2 full with crushed or shaved ice. Add prepared mint syrup, water, and bourbon. Stir until the silver cup is frosted on the outside. NOTE: A glass tumbler will not frost on the outside.

To serve, garnish with a fresh sprig of mint. 

 

see the recipe here