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Today, many people (myself included!) are enjoying a refreshing mint julep in honor of the Kentucky Derby. While I love this sort of cocktail, which is made with muddled herbs and (or) fruit, I know not everyone is a fan. Some prefer clean cocktails that are strained and free of floating fruit chunks and herb leaves. What is your opinion on the matter? Do you mind if a drink is filled with stuff or do you prefer plain spirit and mixer?
Just as Derby pie should be your go-to Derby dessert, there's only one drink to enjoy on the day of the Kentucky Derby: the mint julep. If you've never had the official beverage of the race, what are you waiting for? Don't waste another minute of your life without sipping this well-balanced and refreshing concoction. The classic recipe consists of mint, bourbon, and simple syrup, but this year I'm going to experiment with a variation that involves fresh-squeezed lime juice and fizzy club soda. To take a look at the recipe, read more
I've never been lucky enough to make it to the Kentucky Derby, but this year I am attending a Derby party! I offered to take care of the drinks for my friends, knowing exactly what I'd be serving: mint juleps, of course.
It's unclear how this beverage became the official refreshment of the Kentucky Derby, but it's served with great ceremony at the event, and has been since as far back as 1938.
Since I'm pouring the cocktail for a crowd and I don't have the right number of julep cups, I'm preparing most of the drink ahead. Then, I'll set up a self-serve bar with mason jars for a different kind of Southern charm. Get a laid-back take on the Derby classic when you read on.
Sometime last week, I came to the realization that I've never had a mint julep. I decided immediately to mix up a round of cocktails. To be authentic, I wanted to serve the icy drink in silver mint julep glasses. However, finding the glasses is not easy. I searched ShopStyle. I called Williams-Sonoma, and Sur la Table. I texted my bartender buddies. To no avail. I couldn't find mint julep glasses anywhere!
Since the vessel does not affect the flavor of the drink, I made it anyway. I'm relieved I did because this classic cocktail is fantastic. With its crushed ice, fragrant mint leaves, zesty lemon syrup, and potent Bourbon, it's surprisingly refreshing and fun to drink. I highly recommend you make one to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.
If your heart is set on serving the concoction in the traditional glass, Stephen Liles, bartender at San Francisco's Boulevard restaurant, told me he got his from a local florist. To look at the recipe, read more
Disneyland turns 52 today and in celebration, I thought I'd share with you my favorite Disneyland recipe. I've only been once, but I definitely recall the crisp coolness of their non-alcoholic mint juleps. I'm pretty sure they're only available at the Mint Julep Bar in the French Quarter area (near the French Market facing the train station - stand near the New Orleans bathrooms and you'll be across from it), but if you can't make it there, treat yourself to one at home. For the refreshing recipe, read more
Well folks, if you don't already know, the 133rd Kentucky Derby is happening today. And while you probably won't be down at Churchill Downs watching the race in person, you can bring a little bit of the atmosphere home. Folks, I'm talking about the Mint Julep - the traditional Derby Day drink. A refreshing drink made with bourbon, mint and sugar, the Mint Julep has been the historical drink served at the Derby. Over 80,000 mint juleps will be served today, so why not make it 80,001. To check out the official recipe, read more
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