Run for the Roses!

The Kentucky Derby is taking place Saturday. And regardless of whether you are hosting a full out party, or just a few friends at home it is imperative to have a mint julep, the official Kentucky Derby drink in hand, along with a large hat on your head.

According to the official Kentucky Derby website, the Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Early Times Kentucky Whisky has provided the whiskey for the past 18 of those years. Each year, almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

Want to make your own Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail? Of course you do!

Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Early Times Kentucky Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups

Directions:
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

As mentioned above, one must wear appropriate Kentucky Derby head attire while watching the race. Lady Diane Hats is a famous and wonderful custom milliner who can outfit even the pickiest of women with a great hat. Had I attended, I would have picked one of the following hats:

 There is always next year, right?

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May 7, 2011. Uncategorized.

2 Comments

  1. momochii replied:

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  2. Rosemarie Paino replied:

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

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