Thursday, May 4, 2017

Juleps for your Home Kentucky Derby Get Together

This weekend is the 143rd  Run for the Roses at Church Hill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.  Invite your guests to party like they do in the Infield of Church Hill Downs at the track by having everyone choose which horse they think will win.  Half of the win is the build-up of the day before the race actually begins.  

- Serve barbecue ribs (check out my last blog post for great recipe), corn, biscuits and salad.  

- Learn and sing the official Derby song, "My Old Kentucky Home"

- Ladies wear hats (tradition)

- Cheer the Winner's Circle with Mint Juleps (recipe below)

Each year almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps (at a cost of $10.00 per Julep) are served in a 2 day period the weekend of The Run of the Roses.  Serve Mint Juleps & Frozen Mint Juleps (serve beer to those non-whiskey drinkers) to your guests and let the party begin.

Mint Juleps (makes 8 servings)
2 cups water, 2 cups white sugar, Kentucky whiskey, fresh mint leaves and crushed (preferable) ice

Make a simple syrup by boiling water and sugar together for 5 minutes.  Cool and place in a covered container with 6-8 sprigs of fresh mint.  Refrigerate overnight.  

Make 1 Julep at a time.  Fill a cup with crushed ice, add 1 tablespoon of mint syrup, 2 ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whiskey,, stir rapidly and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Frozen Mint Julep (1 serving)

4 mint leaves, 4 ounces of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve, 4 ounces sweet and sour mix, fresh mint leaves

Blend sweet and sour mix, bourbon and ice in a bender until smooth.
Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a fresh mint sprig

Enjoy the race and may your horse win!

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