Mint Julep, Anyone?

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Kentucky Derby Hat and mint julep

It’s almost here, one of my favorite days of the year…what day is this, you may ask.? The first Saturday of May, The Running of the Roses, or oth­er­wise known as the Kentucky Derby.
This Saturday May 5th is the 138th run­ning of the Kentucky Derby. I have my hat ready to go, a few dress options pulled, doing some read­ing on race con­tenders, and of course gath­er­ing all the ingre­di­ents to make the one, the only…Mint Julep! I am par­tial to Woodford Reserve Bourbon, but please feel free to use your desired brand of bourbon.

Woodford Reserve ® Mint Julep Recipe, The “Classic” Mint Julep From Master Distiller Chris Morris

  • 3–5 mint leaves
  • 1t Powdered Sugar
  • 2t Water
  • 2 — 2 1/​2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • Crushed Ice

Muddle (stir/​gentle crush) four mint springs and sugar in the bot­tom of a julep glass. Add water and con­tinue to mud­dle. Add Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Pack the julep glass with crushed ice. Add a mint spring for dec­o­ra­tion and sip­ping straw.
If a metal julep cup is used, be sure to use a wooden mud­dler (bot­tom of a wooden spoon) instead of metal spoon. This will elim­i­nate the pos­si­bil­ity of any metal shav­ings get­ting into the drink or scratch­ing the julep cup.

Can’t you pic­ture us now? The sun shin­ing, hats and juleps galore, the only thing that can pos­si­bly make this day more glo­ri­ous is the most excit­ing two min­utes in sports. The race will go off at approx­i­mately 6:24pm. Wish us luck in the party pool!

Don’t you adore the hat?

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