Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fabulous start to your week. I am still recouping a bit from my mini-vacation to Louisville, KY last weekend but things are getting better. The reason I was in Louisville last weekend was to run the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon which kicked off Derby Week in the city. As a born and bred southern girl, there are few things I love more than the Kentucky Derby. I have yet to experience it myself but it is on my bucket list for sure. To celebrate Derby Week, I thought it would be fun to share a series of Derby related posts this week – starting with today’s recipe, my skinny mint julep.
One of the first things you think of when you think of the Kentucky Derby is drink of choice, mint juleps. This sweet concoction is easy to make and oh so yummy with a nice Kentucky bourbon (or without the bourbon if you choose to go non-alcoholic). The first thing you will do to make this drink is to make the syrup. Boil your water and sugar until the sugar is blended and the consistency is like a syrup. Pour over a handful of fresh mint leaves, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (I chose a mason jar for this).
If you are choosing the non-alcoholic route, you are done. Just pour over ice and garnish with more mint leaves. For those who wish to make it more traditional, you simply add a 1 oz. shot of your favorite Kentucky bourbon (I used a Evan Williams single barrel bourbon that I bought last weekend in Louisville) to your glass of ice, pour syrup and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
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Are you a fan of the Kentucky Derby? Will you be watching this week?