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Drink of the Derby: The Mint Julep

Make sure you have a silver cup in hand and plenty of mint-infused simple syrup in the fridge come Kentucky Derby time. Here’s how to make the classic Churchill Downs cocktail.

They go through a whopping 1,000 lbs. of fresh mint each year during the Kentucky Derby, but to make the perfect mint julep at home, all you’ll need is a few sprigs (ideally, the homegrown stuff from your own windowsill). Whether you’re hosting a Derby party at home, or saddling up at an OTB, make sure you wear linen and have a proper julep handy. Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. mint-infused simple syrup
Sprigs of fresh mint
Crushed ice
Whiskey
Silver Julep Cup

Directions:

The night before the big race, make some simple syrup with two cups of sugar and two cups of water. Add a few mint sprigs and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. The following day, make one julep at a time by filling your metal cup with crushed ice, then adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of whiskey. Stir and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Watch our May To-Do List for more tips on how to make the most of the month.

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