As far as I'm concerned the two most marquee elements of the Derby are Women wearing crazy old-school / big ass hats and mint juleps. The big ass hat tradition seems to be a hold over from a simpler time when women were relegated to "object" status and men were "true citizens".
I thought it might be neat to throw a Derby party this Saturday, but Traci reminded me that Friday is Cinco De Mayo (back to back drinking holidays are a no no). Anyway if you or anyone else is going to throw a Derby party, here's a Mint Julep recipe.
This recipe is adapted from Southern Living Magazine.
- A 10-ounce glass filled with crushed ice
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons mint simple syrup (recipe below)
- 2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon
- 1 small cocktail straw to stir drink
Mint Simple Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 sprigs of fresh mint
Place 8 sprigs of mint in an airtight, plastic container, and pour the sugar-and-water mixture over the mint. Refrigerate.
[Via: ESPN.com & NPR.org]