Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Derby Party Prep: Dusting off my Julep Cups

I previously mentioned my love for Kentucky and as we prepare to watch the Kentucky Derby from our house this weekend, I'm making sure we have everything in stock for delicious Mint Juleps.  First on the list is dusting off our Mint Julep Cups, which FYI - make amazing decorative pieces during the off season!  As for the juleps, we made these last year and they were a hit! 

Mint Julep (divide by 8 for single servings) 
2 cups water  (1/4 cup for single serving)
2 cups white sugar  (1/4 cup for single serving)
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves (1 tbsp for single serving)
32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon (we prefer
Woodford Reserve) (4 oz for single serving)
8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish (1 sprig per julep)

Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves
Fill eight cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person's sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups. Serve juleps on a silver platter.urce:  Full recipe makes 8 Juleps.


And... for when the horses aren't running


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