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?