Saturday, May 2, 2009

Derby Day

It's Kentucky Derby Day, and wherever you're watching you should have a mint julep in hand. Here's an easy recipe to whip up at home from Jim Hewes, the bar man at the Round Robin at the Willard Intercontinental, who I talked to here.

Southern Style Mint Julep

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 tsp sugar
8-10 red-stem mint leaves
Freshly cracked ice

Muddle mint leaves, a small measure of bourbon and sugar in a tall glass tumbler, add small amount of cracked ice and stir, refill with remaining ice. Top with rest of the bourbon and water and re-stir. Garnish with fresh mint and a zest of lemon, dust with sugar.

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