“The Run for the Roses,” more commonly known as the Kentucky Derby, has been on the first weekend in May since 1875 and is one of my favorite longstanding, all-American traditions. I love every step of the event—from the women arriving in their big hats, to the blanket of roses draped over the winner at the end. So whether you are one of the lucky ones going to the race, or one of the at-home spectators (or even if you don’t watch at all!), this just wouldn’t be Derby weekend without a refreshing and oh-so-southern mint julep in your hand.
To make this delicious southern classic you will need:
- Handful of mint leaves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of superfine sugar
- Seltzer water
- Ice (traditionally crushed or shaved)
- 1 1/2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon
Muddle together the mint leaves and sugar in the bottom of your Julep glass until the leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon. Finish the drink off with another splash of seltzer, a quick sir and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy!
I hope you all enjoy Derby weekend! And let the record show, my money is on Gun Runner!