There is something about the Kentucky Derby that I find alluring. I think it’s the combination of the beautiful hats worn by the ladies, the southern hospitality and of course the signature drink the Mint Julep. I wanted to recreate this southern classic using some of the flavor combinations I enjoy. Try it out and let me know what you think.
My Mint Julep-With a Twist.
1 ounce of bourbon (I like to soak a couple mint leaves in the bourbon before adding to cocktail)
1 ounce of honey dew puree (cut up about ½ cup of fresh honey dew and puree with a hand held mixer or food processor)
1 ounce of Mint simple syrup
-Bring to boil 1 ½ cups of water with 1 tablespoon of sugar, and several mint leaves. Reduce to simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let the mixture steep for 20 minutes or until it has completely cooled off.
-1/2 cup of ice
-Add all the ingredients together and garnish with fresh mint leaves—serve and enjoy.