Easy Mint Julep is a first for me. I have never made a Mint Julep let alone enjoyed this Kentucky Derby favorite. Usually made with four ingredients in a pewter cup and held on the bottom or top edge to allow a frost to form on the outside of the glass. Mint Julep might be easy to make but is steeped in tradition.
The traditional Mint Julep has to start with the best bourbon. Woodford Reserve is the choice for Kentucky Derby fans, as I was educated by an ABC Liquor Store employee. Since I didn’t know any better and not originally from the south, Woodford Reserve is what I bought.
I found the Woodford Reserve site and learned that there are more barrels of bourbon in the state of Kentucky than people. Also, Woodford County has more racehorses than residents, who would have thought? http://www.woodfordreserve.com/derby/
I did a bit of research about the Mint Julep. Unofficially, in the south around the eighteenth century, the Mint Julep originated. The term “julep” mean a sweet drink with medicinal properties, interesting. Since I felt pretty good after drinking one, I will have to agree. There is so much interesting information about this traditional cocktail I will let you read about its history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mint_julep
This has to be my favorite find when I was researching the history of the Mint Julep. In 2006, Churchill Downs started making the Mint Julep for a measly $1,000! WTF. I guess when you get mint from Ireland, ice from the Alps, and sugar from Australia, there you have it $1,000, please. Oh and I almost forgot, it is served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw that is what I call a souvenir. Do you think they would give me one for posting on my blog? Probably not, bummer.
- 4-6 mint julep leaves
- 1.5 ounces or 3 tablespoon Woodford Reserve Bourbon
- 1 tablespoon simple sugar
- 2 tablespoons Lime Perrier or club soda
- 8 ounces crushed ice
- In chilled mint julep glass add 3-4 mint leaves, muddle. Add in crushed ice, bourbon, simple sugar and lime soda mix thoroughly. Top with fresh mint and enjoy.
Remember make it your own, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy infusing some veggies! (not sure this applies to this recipe, have fun!)