It’s almost Derby Day which means time to whip up a batch or two of mint juleps. The bourbon based cocktail has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for over 70 years.
About 120,000 mint juleps are served at Churchill Downs where the derby is held. There is even a premium custom made mint julep that goes for $1,000. That must be one potent drink!
If you want to get into the spirit of the derby all it takes is about four ingredients to get your julep on. You just may discover that you want to add this drink into your repertoire on an ongoing basis. Enjoy!
Four Roses Mint Juleps
• 2-3 oz Four Roses Bourbon
• 2 tsp sugar
• 12 mint leaves
• club soda
• Garnish: mint sprigs and orange slice
Gently crush mint leaves in a cool tall glass. (Lightly muddle the mint and sugar with a splash of soda water in a mixing glass.) Fill the glass with cracked ice. Add Four Roses, club soda and stir well. Garnish with a slice of orange and a few sprigs of mint, and serve.