We’re betting on this Drink of the Week for the Kentucky Derby!
We’re mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!
In the spirit of the longest running sporting event in the US, The Kentucky Derby, we have something special in mind. You guessed it! We’ll be mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!
Mint Juleps are the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and are a southern springtime staple cocktail. Almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Churchill Downs Racetrack over the two days of the Kentucky Derby. That’s a heck of a lot of bourbon!
The mint simple syrup in this recipe is very easy to make and yields enough syrup for a Kentucky Derby Party‘s worth of cocktails. You can even make it well in advance and keep it on hand.
You can also substitute out the bourbon for club soda for party guests who don’t drink or are not of age. Place your bets ladies and gents, and raise your Drink of the Week Glasses to these delicious Mint Juleps.
Check out our Kentucky Derby Party Essentials guide to help plan your Derby parties.
Yields: 1 Serving
- 2½ Ounces Bourbon
- 1 Ounce Mint Simple Syrup
- 3 Large Mint Leaves
- 2 Cups Crushed Ice
- Mint Spring for Garnish
- Julep or Scotch Glass
- Gallon Ziplock Bag
- Mallet/Meat Tenderizer
Mint Simple Syrup
Yields: 1 1/2 cups
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Bunch Fresh Mint Sprigs (about 15)
- Medium Saucepan
How to make the Mint Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and mint sprigs in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour.
How to make Crushed Ice: If you don’t have a fridge that has a Crushed Ice button, take a gallon sized ziplock bag and fill it half way with ice. Zip the bag closed, and place the bag on a large paper plate, this helps reduce the watery mess on your counter. Take a mallet, the kind you use to tenderize meat and smash the flat edge against the ice until crushed. Set aside in the freezer until needed.
The Mint Julep: Gently press mint leaves against glass with back of a spoon. Cover leaves with 1/3 cup of crushed ice and add in Mint Simple Syrup. Pour 1 Ounce of Bourbon into glass and stir. Add in more ice and the remaining bourbon. Pack glass with remaining ice, and insert straw. Garnish Mint Julep with a sprig of mint, and enjoy!
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 156 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 1 Carbohydrates (g) 4.21 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.16 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1