Happy Derby Day to all my readers! It’s off to the races! I hope each and every one of you gets to enjoy something minty this afternoon. I adore the concept of a mint julep – from the mint sprig to the silver julep cup (I use one for my pens & pencils), but I’ve never learned to like the taste of Bourbon. I think I will be sipping a mojito instead, as well as some mint-infused iced tea. My father passed along his recipe for a traditional mint julep, so I thought I’d share it with you all. The recipe was given to him when he played a concert one spring with the Lexington, Kentucky orchestra! It follows:
One Mint Julep (Lexington, KE Orchestra Recipe)
Chill silver julep cup.
Place 4-5 mint leaves in cup.
one tsp. powdered sugar
one tsp. water
Fill cup with crushed ice.
Pour in 1 jigger of bourbon whiskey.
Stir energetically until ice has dropped 1 to 2 inches and frost appears.
Then fill remainder of julep cup with crushed ice, and pour in 1 jigger of bourbon whiskey.
Decorate the julep with springs of mint leaves dusted with powdered sugar.
Slip very slowly!