Derby Traditions - The Mint Julep
May 12, 2011 4:05 pm
Updated: May 14, 2011 7:18 am
According to Churchill Downs, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the Kentucky Derby weekend. If you missed the annual Run for the Roses event, don’t worry. You can still celebrate at home with your own great drinks and eats.
To serve at home, use this Early Times Mint Julep recipe as a starting point – you can embellish from there.
TIP – make the simple syrup the night before and chill a few highball glasses (or silver julep cups, if you have them).
– 2 cups sugar
– 2 cups water
– sprigs of fresh mint
– crushed ice
– Early Times Kentucky Wiskey
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two
ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whiskey. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Add a citrus twist to this recipe by adding 2 oz. orange juice, 1 oz. lemon juice and a bit of orange zest.
You can also rim the glass by moistening with the lemon, then dipping in sugar. If you like your cocktails a bit more “fizzy”, replace the simple syrup with club soda (you’ll then have to muddle the mint in the glass – just enough to bruise the leaves).
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Early Times Mint Julep