Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep

Mint Julep/photo-foodnetwork.com

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with this recipe for the staple Derby drink– The Mint Julep!

Recipe: www.foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 4 cups bourbon
  • 2 bunches fresh spearmint
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar

Directions

To prepare mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl. Cover with 3 ounces bourbon. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in paper toweling. Thoroughly wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.

To prepare simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

To prepare mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.

Now begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste-generally about 3 tablespoons. When you think it’s right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to “marry” the flavors.

To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a spring of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.

When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice. Serve immediately.

Mint Julep

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep

Mint Julep/photo-foodnetwork.com

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with this recipe for the staple Derby drink– The Mint Julep!

Recipe: www.foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 4 cups bourbon
  • 2 bunches fresh spearmint
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar

Directions

To prepare mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl. Cover with 3 ounces bourbon. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in paper toweling. Thoroughly wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.

To prepare simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

To prepare mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.

Now begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste-generally about 3 tablespoons. When you think it’s right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to “marry” the flavors.

To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a spring of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.

When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice. Serve immediately.

Annual Kentucky Derby Pig Roast at The Pony

The Po

The Po

  • Saturday, May 3
  • $5 – $12 specials

The Pony in Lakeview will host its annual Derby Party on Saturday, May 3 which includes a $12 pig roast at 2 p.m., best dressed and best hat contest, country band, drink specials, and more. The Kentucky Derby will be broadcast live on overhead plasma TVs and at tables that feature an individual flat-screen TV for viewing. Other specials include $6 Woodford Reserve mint juleps and $5 Lexington Bourbon.

The Pony
1638 West Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
773.828.5055
www.theponychicago.com

Kentucky Derby Party At Frontier 5.3

Frontier Chicago Kentucky Derby

Frontier Chicago Kentucky Derby

  • Saturday, May 3 at 12 p.m.

  • $20 per person

 

Frontier and Lincoln Park Young Professionals invite Chicagoans to celebrate the Kentucky Derby dressed in their best derby attire from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Patrons can view the race outside in the beer garden or in the main dining area. Specials include $7 Maker’s Mark mint juleps, $8 Knob Creek Frontier Edition cocktails and $5 Daisy Cutter. To purchase tickets, click here.

Frontier
1072 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
773.772.4322
www.thefrontierchicago.com