We are about 5 Minutes from post time at the Kentucky Derby by, and as I usually watch the Triple Crown every year, I often find myself reminiscing about horse racing in my family. My cousin George was a jockey, and my great grandfather was a horse breeder. I grew up quite close to Belmont, and there were many times that my mom would take me and my brother to watch the horses practice in the mornings. Mom would pack those little travel boxes of cereal, and we just had a blast!
I’m rooting for American Pharoah today. I have always had a thing for Egyptology, so it seems fitting. Since the race is about to run, I’ll leave you with a brief recipe for the infamous mint julep which is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby! Riders Up!
5 large mint leaves
1 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon of caster sugar
1 2/3 oz Bourbon (I have used High WestCampfire Whiskey here, which is a blend of Straight Rye Whiskey, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey)
In a double old fashioned glass, add your mint leaves, sugar, water, and muddle until the sugar is dissolved. Add your bourbon, fill the glass with crushed ice, and give a solid stir, garnishing with more mint leaves if desired.