And They’re Off!

I’m a lover of all thing sports; and as such, I am excited about the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. I love the pageantry, the hats, the numerous stories of the horses, owners, trainers, and jockeys. There is so much tradition surrounding the day, including the drink of choice for the Derby, the Mint Julep.  Served in a silver cup, and made with sugar, fresh mint and Kentucky Whiskey, the Mint Julep became the signature cocktail of Churchill Hill Downs in 1938. History has it that back then, a Mint Julep cost 75 cents; and today, $11.00.

So, in celebration of the “Run for the Roses,” you are cordially invited to join me for the Kentucky Derby edition of “Champagne Sundays.” (Yes, I realize it’s not Sunday ~ smile.)

The Ultimate Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep

8 to 10 mint leaves

1 sprig of mint for garnish

1 tablespoon sugar, more or less to taste

1 ½ ounce spring water

3 ounces premium Bourbon

Crushed ice

  1. Rinse the mint to make sure any dirt splashed on the underside of the leaves is gone. Don’t dry them. The moisture from the rinse is helpful in making the drink.
  2. Put the leaves in a 12 ounce cocktail glass and pour the sugar on top. Muddle them together with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon. When the leaves and wet sugar begin to turn to a mushy paste, add the water and the bourbon, and stir with a fork until the sugar dissolves. Top with crushed ice, garnish with the sprig of mint. Place your bets and serve!

Yield: 1 (12 ounce) cocktail.

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Start mixing by 4:30 for the 5:00 post time.

Recipe: Huffington Post

Image: Nick Conover

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

3 thoughts on “And They’re Off!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s