Republished from April 2010
This weekend is the Kentucky Derby, and last weekend was the Atlanta Steeplechase. To me, this season means Mint Juleps, a refreshing minty alcoholic drink. Easy to prepare, although it does take some prep time.
One day in advance make the Mint Simple Syrup and refrigerate.
The day of the race, mix up the mint juleps and enjoy!
By the way – my money is on Paddy O’Prado this year.
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 10 to 12 fresh mint sprigs
Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add mint, and let cool completely. Pour into a glass jar; cover and chill 24 hours. Remove and discard mint.
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup
- Crushed ice
- 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) bourbon
- 1 (4-inch) cocktail straw or coffee stirrer
- 1 fresh mint sprig
- Powdered sugar (optional)
Place mint leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled julep cup. Gently press leaves against cup with back of spoon to release flavors. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; pour bourbon over ice. Insert straw, place mint sprig directly next to straw, and serve immediately. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Yield: Makes 1 (8-ounce) julep