According to the Kentucky Derby website, each year during the two day period of the Kentucky Oaks Day (day before the Derby) and the Kentucky Derby, over 120,000 Mint Juleps are served.
Even if you aren’t going to be at Churchill Downs for the Running of the Roses you can still enjoy a refreshing Mint Julep at home.
Mint Juleps: A Kentucky Derby Tradition
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Early Times Kentucky Whisky or other Kentucky Bourbon (You may be asking “What’s the difference between bourbon and whisky?” Here’s your answer.)
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.
Put on your Derby hat and tip up your glass to this Kentucky Derby tradition!
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