It’s Derby Day!!! From the looks of things here in Nashville, I’m pretty content to not be at the races, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate with a Kentucky Derby classic the Mint Julep!!!! My aunt and uncle come rain, shine, weddings, or floods have a derby party every year and if the weather improves and I get through the mountain of blog assignments and domestic to-do list, I will definitely bring along my minted simple syrup for the whiskey drinks!!! But before then my parents and brother and sister-in-law are going to stop by to see our new digs and I’m going to give them a Derby Party Pre-Party and share some of Drew’s “special” uncut Kentucky whiskey. Well, at least with three of them because that stuff is STOUT!!!!! I have posted on minted simple syrup before with my Sparkling Mojito recipe and it is really so very easy to make and adds the most delicious flavor to cocktails. Whether you are watching the hooves pound the track in person or simply watching it from your couch, you should definitely cheer on the horses with a classic mint julep!
A Kentucky Derby Classic with Minted Simple Syrup
- Sprig of fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon Minted Simple Syrup
- 1-2 ounces Kentucky bourbon
- Ice or crushed ice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed mint leaves
- In a chilled glass, add the Minted Simple Syrup. Add ice to fill cup. Pour whiskey over ice and stir. Add sprig of mint for garnish.
- In a saucepan over high heat, bring water, sugar and mint leaves to a boil stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 5-10 minutes (or longer for a stronger mint flavor). Strain through a fine sieve in an airtight jar. Will keep for about a week or two and is perfect for cocktails or tea.
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