Happy Derby Day!

Happy Derby Day to all my readers! It's off to the races! I hope each and every one of you gets to enjoy something minty this afternoon. I adore the concept of a mint julep - from the mint sprig to the silver julep cup (I use one for my pens & pencils), but I've never learned to like the taste of Bourbon. I think I will be sipping a mojito instead, as well as some mint-infused iced tea. My father passed along his recipe for a traditional mint julep, so I thought I'd share it with you all. The recipe was given to him when he played a concert one spring with the Lexington, Kentucky orchestra! It follows: 

One Mint Julep (Lexington, KE Orchestra Recipe)

Chill silver julep cup. 

Place 4-5 mint leaves in cup. 

Muddle with

   one tsp. powdered sugar

   one tsp. water

Fill cup with crushed ice.

Pour in 1 jigger of bourbon whiskey.

Stir energetically until ice has dropped 1 to 2 inches and frost appears.

Then fill remainder of julep cup with crushed ice, and pour in 1 jigger of bourbon whiskey.

Decorate the julep with springs of mint leaves dusted with powdered sugar.

Slip very slowly!


allie in g'town said...

Plese swing by for my fashionably late award thank you!

Beth Dunn said...

Love Derby day!

Miss Janice said...

Thanks for this special "Mint Julep recipe!"

Little Bow Prep said...

I hope your Derby day was fun!

Thank you for adding my blog onto your blogroll. I'm quite flattered. Would you mind if I added your blog to my blogroll?

Muffy said...

OOH, this post makes me THIRSTY!!! LOVE your blog!!!


Chloe said...

just stopping by to say hello! wicked cute blog- love the design of the header!!

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Miss Janice said...

Melanie, Hope you are doing well...haven't heard a peep from you lately:)