Before we know it, the Kentucky Derby will be upon us. The 2013 date is May 4, just two weeks away. One icon that this spring event is known for is the mint julep.
History of the Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby
According the Derby’s official website, the mint julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs for nearly 100 years. Each year, about 120,000 mint juleps are consumed during the two-day event.
To serve those 120,000 libations, the event staff needs:
- 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint
- 60,000 pounds of ice
Now, on to some recipes that provide a twist to this classic cocktail!
The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback Recipe
- 1 .5 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
- .5 oz. Organic Brown Sugar
- ¼ oz. Peeled Minced Fresh Ginger
- 1.5 oz. Soda Water
- 1 Lemon or Lime Twist
Instructions: Muddle the ginger and brown sugar together until all of the sugar is moistened and nearly dissolved. Add a dash of soda to finish dissolving the sugar, stir in your Bourbon. Finish with ice, soda to taste and a lemon or lime twist.
The Bulleit Rye Mint Julep Recipe
- 1.5 oz. Bulleit Rye
- 2 oz. Stirrings Simple Syrup
- Fresh mint leaves
Instructions: Muddle mint leaves, Stirrings Simple Syrup and crushed ice in rocks glass. Add Bulleit Rye and fill glass with ice. Pour into cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and serve in rocks glass with fresh mint garnish.
Please be responsible when you drink. Whatever you do, do NOT drink and drive.