I am literally obsessed with the Kentucky Derby. I don't know why. There's just something amazing about a day where you can wear the biggest most ridiculous hat ever and it's considered perfectly socially acceptable. And paired with a hot pink dress?! SIGN THIS GIRL UP!!!
I'm planning a party with Mint Juleps on my pretend veranda while dressed up in bows, pearls, hats and monograms. Please join me!
Here are my favorite Mint Julep recipes:
So this isn't the traditional Julep but the Mason Jar cups, and the pink straw have me sold!
- 3 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1 tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup
- Crushed Ice
- 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) of bourbon
- 1 fresh mint sprig
- Powdered sugar optional.
And the traditional Mint Julep served at Churchill Downs:
I need to invest in julep cups! How fancy!! Oh, and you must use Early Times Kentucky Whiskey to make it official!!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Crushed ice
- Early Times Kentucky Whiskey
- Silver Julep Cups
Make a simple syrup by boiling the sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 6 to 8 fresh sprigs of mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup up with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup with 2 oz. of Early Times Whiskey! Stir rapidly with straw to frost the outside of the glass! Garnish with mint sprigs.
And my favorite quote from last years Derby:
Me: "Grandpa, what's the difference between a jockey and a horseback rider?"
My Grandpa: "I don't know, Michelle. A couple hundred pounds."