Starting today Delightfully Chic is going FULL ON Derby Mode!! Now to get a few things straight! Do I follow horse racing throughout the year? Um, No! Do I know anything about these horses or the Jockeys that ride them? Not a clue! Do I love, crazy ridiculous oversized hats, seersucker suits, and all things fabulous?! ABSOLUTELY! Will I sip a perfectly mixed Mint Julep out of a darling silver cup? Bottoms Up!
This year I was determined to host a fabulous Derby party with my nearest and dearest friends, but, I made the “responsible” decision (ugh how boring) to continue to focus my time and energy towards decorating our home and put the soiree on hold until till next year when we are more settled.
So, today Dchic is starting the Kentucky Derby Takeover with nothing other than the mixology behind the stylish and forever classic Mint Julep!
What You Will Need
2 ½ ounces Kentucky Bourbon
25–30 mint leaves
1 Ounce Simple Syrup
Ice Cubes and Crushed Ice
Mint Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 large cluster of mint leaves
Combine the water and sugar together on your stovetop and bring to a boil. Continuously, stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Place the cluster of mint leaves in a heatproof container and pour the syrup over the leaves. Place the jar in the fridge and let the leaves steep for at least one hour or more. Strain the leaves from the liquid and set the syrup aside.
Grab your shaker and place 25–30 mint leaves inside. Next, pour in 2.5 ounces of bourbon and ounce of your simple syrup. Top with a few ice cubes and stir. Fill your silver cups (don’t forget to chill first) with ice about halfway. Strain the liquid from the cocktail shaker into the cup. Pack crushed iced on top of the liquid to fill the glass. Garnish the drink with a sprig of mint leaves and a fun paper straw.
Now, cheers your friends and place your bets!