Make a Mint Julep

With the Kentucky Derby coming up on Saturday, it's time to get into the spirit of race day by learning to make a mint julep. It isn't for every taste, but everyone should try it once.

The recipe consists of two parts: First you need to make mint syrup. I like to use peppermint and spearmint for a more dense flavor, although you can probably use either.

Mint Syrup Recipe
2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups fresh mint (Pack it tight)

Combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for five minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, and then strain it through a length of muslin. Refrigerate.

Mint Julep Recipe

Crushed ice
2 oz. bourbon
1 tablespoon mint syrup (If you're not that fond of bourbon, use more.)
Mint sprig for garnish

Add syrup and bourbon to a glass of crushed ice. Stir well. Add a sprig of mint for garnish.

Now you're all set. Plan of staying in or appointing a designated driver. They hit hard.

The very tasty looking mint julep photo is compliments of Rosidae at

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