OK- here we go- DERBY WEEKEND… AND a fun post to get us back to lighthearted blogging around here. I’ve never been lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby- but lets just say its extremely high on my bucket list- if for no other reason than to have an excuse to get my extreme prep on and to buy a most ridiculous hat!
I’ve decided to round up a few of my favorites from around the web- full disclosure that some of these are OBSCENELY expensive. But you know it would be worth it. I”m having a hard time deciding between the red feathers and the GIANT blue bow as a favorite…
And as an added bonus, one of my coworkers gave me his favorite recipe for a Mint Julep so I’m sharing it with you here. What really sets it apart I think is the minted simple syrup- so worth the extra effort! I hope you make several this Saturday because, I mean- can you really drink anything else on Derby Day???
Proper Mint Julep
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
- 1 oz. of minted simple syrup
- 2 bunches of Kentucky Colonel Mint (crucial – not spearmint or peppermint)
- 1 thoroughly chilled julep cup
Minted Simple Syrup
First, make your simple syrup. In a heavy medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, stir together 1 cup of sugar and one cup of water until dissolved. Increase heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add 1 bunch of Kentucky Colonel mint leaves, and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a cheese cloth, bottle the syrup, and refrigerate 3 hours before using. This will keep for up to 1 week, so you can prepare it ahead of time.
Making the Mint Julep
Add 1 oz of simple syrup, then 1 cup of the crushed ice, then 2 oz. of Woodford Reserve bourbon, and a splash of water. Add enough of the remaining crushed ice to almost fill the cup. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of Kentucky Colonel mint.