Blueberry Mom LOVES the Kentucky Derby. She always watches and is known to throw parties on Derby Day. I’m not sure why. She is not Southern or particularly into horses. I can think of three possible reasons for her love of the event. 1. She loves sports of all types. 2. Her beloved borzoi is frequently mistaken for a horse by small children. 3. Bourbon is her favorite spirit and Derby Day is a perfect excuse to have a mint julep party.
In Blueberry Mom’s honor, I whipped up a mint julep for Derby Day.
Traditionally, you muddle the mint and sugar to make a mint julep. Blueberry Mom and I think that muddling alone does not impart adequate mint flavor to cocktails. Mint simple syrup is far superior. (Ditto for mojitos). Take approximately four sprigs of mint, cover with 1-2 tablespoons of water and 1-3 teaspoons of sugar or agave nectar, depending on how sweet you like your drink. Microwave for one minute. When the wilty boiled mint comes out then you can take a spoon and mash the mint to release the flavorful juices into the syrup.
Next, fill an 8 oz. glass with crushed ice. If you don’t have crushed ice on hand, you can put ice cubes in a freezer bag and smash them up with a kitchen mallet. Et voila.
Next, bourbon. I like Woodford Reserve, which is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Add 1 1/2 shots of bourbon to your glass. You want the ice to start melting down to dilute the bourbon. Next, add the minty syrup to taste. Stir.
Garnish your glass with a sprig of fresh mint, sip slowly and enjoy!
The Lemonator would like it to be known that today is also another important day: Star Wars Day. I told him that I was unfamiliar with that holiday. “Well, it’s May 4th, you know,” he explained patiently, as though this would elucidate matters. I told him that I had no idea what he was talking about. The Lemonator sighed: “You know! Like, May the Fourth be with you!”