Everything about the Kentucky Derby is extravagant — including the drinks. For those who are really looking to splurge, there's a $1,000 mint julep offered by Kentucky bourbon distillery Woodford Reserve.
If you'd prefer to celebrate the Derby at home, I can give you 2 recipes we successfully use on Derby Day at Emo's Eating Emporium (one is at the bottom in my blog from 2011) and this one that is quite tasty too:
Mint Julip with Steeped Mint Simple Sugar
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bunch mint leaves & stems
In heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Increase heat slightly, then simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pan off heat, add mint leaves, and steep 15 minutes. Strain, then refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)
Ingredients for the Julip:
1 scant ounce minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon (such as Woodford Reserve)
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
To highball glass or silver Julep cup, add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water. Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.
CELEBRATE YOUR WINNING HORSE!!! (Mine is Roadster for 2019)
A reblog of mine from May 2011
I'm not a huge racing fan but I do love the pomp and ceremony of The Kentucky Derby.
Each year, it has been a tradition of my Mother and I, to celebrate the day together.
Coincidentally, it is usually the first Saturday of the year that we can enjoy my 3 season sun room too.
We are surrounded by our tulips, daffodils and forsythia all in bloom. The lilac leaves and the flowering crab are just coming into bud and, we can pretty much count on SUNSHINE - something long overdue after the Canadian winters we endure!
I make tiny little girlie appetizers and we also enjoy the traditional Mint Julip and toast the spring, the flowers, the horses and the silliest of hats we see! (I have some Royal Wedding style hats for us to wear ourselves while we watch the Derby !!)
Just for the record, my pick for a win is PANTS ON FIRE!!
(mainly because that is what I say to people when they're not being honest with me - yes, I'll not ever grow up!)
(( but also because I love the bright pink and orange silks!!))
Here is our traditional Mint Julip recipe for you to enjoy with us on Kentucky Derby Saturday:
8 fresh mint sprigs
5 oz Bourbon
2 tsp powdered sugar
4 tsp water
Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a silver goblet (or a collins glass).
Fill the glass with shaved ice and add bourbon. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.
We actually have 2 glass straws that we use only on Derby Day. I had Silver ones, once upon a time that came with the goblets but I think I've just moved too many times and they've gone missing!
I don't know how you'll be enjoying your Saturday, but today is reserved for my Mother and after the last few days we've had, she's really looking forward to it!
Wish my horse success :0)