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Come Party With Me: Kentucky Derby — Drinks


The mint julep — a refreshing mint whiskey cocktail — is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Naturally, one should offer guests the potent concoction at a watching party. This classic recipe features a mint-infused simple syrup so don't wait until the last minute to make it.

Traditionally mint juleps are served in special silver glasses, but they're equally delicious in any festive glass. For the mint julep recipe,

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 2 cups water
  3. Sprigs of fresh mint
  4. Crushed ice
  5. Whiskey
  6. Silver Julep Cups

Directions

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.

Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of whiskey. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never been a mint fan...
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always use Maker's Mark, but that's just me...I think it's got a good flavor to it.
tuesdayschild tuesdayschild 8 years
I love that the official whiskey of the Kentucky Derby is Early Times- gag me. It's more accurately the official whiskey of broke college students like me.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
I am making my simple syrup tonight. Am having a few people over for juleps and the race tomorrow.
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