Three times a year we are called to act like we care about horse racing. Once a year I pay half-hearted attention. Indeed I care nothing about horse racing, but we at the Gastronomic Duo are lovers of tradition.. especially if that tradition includes bourbon and ladies in splashy hats.
If you feel the same about tradition then kick back and watch the spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby this weekend with a mint julep in hand. Cheers!
For mint syrup
2 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
4 sprigs mint
Bring water to a boil in a sauce pot. Once boiling, remove from heat, whisk in sugar. When the sugar is dissolved add the leaves of four sprigs of mint, steep for 10 minutes, strain syrup to remove the mint leaves. Chill in refrigerator.
Mixing the drink
Since we are thinking traditional, chill a low-ball in the freezer. Fill the frosted low-ball half full with crushed ice, add a touch of Bourbon and a couple torn up mint leaves, stir it up. Add more crushed ice and pour in 2-3oz of Bourbon and a healthy splash of the mint syrup, to-taste. Serve with a sprig of mint.