I don't even know when or how it started.
I've been obsessed with the Kentucky Derby for as long as I can remember.
Maybe it's because I love hats and it's the only time of the year where you can wear the most ridiculous hat EVER and no one even looks twice at you. That's my favorite part about it.
I'll also never forget as a kid asking my grandpa while watching the Kentucky Derby, "Grandpa, what's the difference between a regular horseback rider and a jockey?"
"Oh, I don't know Michelle. A few hudred pounds."
Anyways, the Derby calls for MINT JULEPS!!!!
Here's a really simple mint julep recipe:
- Begin by making a simple syrup. The standard formula calls for boiling equal parts water and sugar, as unlikely as that may seem. I poured two cups of spring water into a sauce pan and added two cups of sugar, then brought the mixture to a boil. Allow the syrup to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, trim the stems off a bunch of mint so you have roughly two cups of mint leaves. For the next step, you'll need a jar with a lid or other sealable container; I used an old-fashioned Ball jar.
- Place the mint inside the jar, then pour the still-warm sugar syrup over the leaves. Seal the jar and refrigerate overnight. Before preparing the drinks, crush enough ice to fill the glasses. Crushed ice is a key component of a successful mint julep, since crushed ice melts faster than cubed ice and dilutes the bourbon. Believe me, this a good thing.
- After filling the glasses with crushed ice, add the mint-infused syrup. The risk here is adding too much syrup, since it's intensely sweet. After trying several times, I decided the right amount is less than a tablespoon - maybe three-quarters of a tablespoon. Now you can add the bourbon - 2 or 3 ounces, perhaps a little more if you'll be having only one drink.
Here's another REALLY simple one. You'll only need 3 ingredients!
Find it HERE
How cute did they look last year?? Love it!