Let me set the scene: Its Saturday afternoon and the Kentucky Derby starts in a few hours. Your guests start to arrive and you pull a silver platter out from your kitchen with 8 perfect mint juleps arranged nicely. One by one your friends take a glass off the tray, take a sip and you watch a large smile form on their face.
With this Derby Day Mint Julep recipe, you can feel all the joy of offering something truly great to your friends, whether it’s the first Saturday in May or a steamy Thursday evening in August.
Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small Swiss Diamond saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour.
Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves.
Fill eight julep glasses with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each.
Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw (trimmed to be only slightly taller than the rim of the glass)
RJ was raised in Charlotte NC. His culinary background stems all the way back to his high school days when he "took the cooking class for the free food". Later after completing culinary school he has worked as head Chef in a couple of high scale restaurants. Now he spends more time on the computer than in the kitchen, but is still turning out great recipes for all to enjoy.