Enjoy the Kentucky Derby like a pro with this mint julep recipe
by Austin Stallings
The final segment of this ‘triple crown’ of Kentucky Derby day articles is a look into the historical cocktail of the ‘the greatest two minutes in sports.’
Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack.
The Julep is an old school cocktail with a rich history; its popularity is largely due to the Kentucky Derby. Many modifications exist for this cocktail, however, nothing compares to a traditional Mint Julep made the right way, on Derby Day.
The recipe is as follows:
1 tbsp. sugar
2 oz. bourbon (Makers Mark)
2 tender sprigs of fresh mint
In the bottom of a highball glass or a silver julep cup, muddle one sprig of mint with the sugar. Fill with crushed ice and add the bourbon. Swirl with a bar spoon until the outside of the glass frosts. Top up with more ice and garnish with the remaining sprig of mint.
If you don’t have the ingredients necessary, swing by a nearby drinking establishment today, but don’t forget your fancy hat.
The Gayly 5/7/2016 @ 11:15 a.m. CDT