Well folks, if you don't already know, the 133rd Kentucky Derby is happening today. And while you probably won't be down at Churchill Downs watching the race in person, you can bring a little bit of the atmosphere home. Folks, I'm talking about the Mint Julep - the traditional Derby Day drink. A refreshing drink made with bourbon, mint and sugar, the Mint Julep has been the historical drink served at the Derby. Over 80,000 mint juleps will be served today, so why not make it 80,001. To check out the official recipe,
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Silver Julep Cups
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 whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.