The Weekend Cocktail: How to make a Mint Julep

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The Mint Julep is well known as the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby, a position it has held since it was first served in 1875. Each year over 100,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs will be selling custom-made mint juleps at a cost of $1000 each. The mint juleps will be served in gold-plated cups with silver straws, and will be made from Woodford Reserve bourbon, mint imported from Ireland, ice from the Bavarian Alps, and sugar from Australia. The proceeds will be used to support charitable causes dedicated to retired racehorses. A cause near and dear to this animal lovers heart!

Being an Irish girl I will be sipping mint juleps and cheering for Paddy O’Prado and of course checking out all of the fabulous Derby day hats!

The Mint Julep

2 ounces minted simple syrup

4-6 cups crushed ice

4 ounces bourbon

Fresh mint sprig, for garnish (Spearmint is the official mint of the derby)

Start with two highball glasses or two silver Julep cups then add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water. Fill the glasses to the top with ice and garnish with mint sprigs.

Minted Simple Syrup

1-cup water

1-cup sugar

1 bunch mint

In heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Increase heat slightly, and then simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pan off heat; add mint leaves and steep 15 minutes. Strain, and then refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours.

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.