Hey, y’all! The Kentucky Derby, as I’ve said many times before, is my favorite holiday. As such, I wanted to share a classic Kentucky Mint Julep Recipe!
Unfortunately, this is a nontraditional racing year and fans are not allowed at the track. Usually, I spend all week at Churchill Downs celebrating the finest showing of sweet, southern, Kentucky culture.
That said, I won’t let the pandemic dull my shine: I’m celebrating the Kentucky Derby at home.
There are many Kentucky Derby recipes that one can make (might I recommend my “Better Than MeeMaw’s Pimento Cheese?), but there’s one thing that must be a part of your Derby Party menu: a classic Mint Julep!
Kentucky Mint Julep
2.5 oz. Bourbon
4-5 Mint Leaves
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
- Pour simple syrup into a Derby glass.
- Add mint leaves and muddle to extract the flavor.
- Fill cup with crushed ice (almost to the top).
- Add bourbon.
- Stir and enjoy!
The History of the Mint Julep
The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, though its history is much more expansive. It was first mentioned in print in 1803; It’s also said that KY Senator Henry Clay made the drink popular in Washington, D.C. at the Round Robin Bar around 1850.
The notoriety doesn’t end there, either — many presidents have fancied the Mint Julep and many writers have made them popular in their works, such as novelists Margaret Mitchell and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Happy Derby, y’all!
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