5.08.2010

Ginger Mint Julep

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I don't watch the Kentucky Derby, never have. But, I drink bourbon. And I wanted to partake in this American tradition somehow. So, as I logged on to google that day, the Everyday Food blog told me to make a ginger mint julep in honor of Derby day. I couldn't say no. It was especially easy since I have mint growing on the patio, and ginger waiting for me in my freezer.

I like any type of mint julep, but found that the ginger really made this already tasty drink even more delicious. Also, if you're not the biggest fan of bourbon, the ginger balanced things out. Although I didn't watch the Derby, I'm not even sure who was in the race, or who won, I did feel more American after having a couple of these.
Ginger Mint Julep
(from the Everyday Food blog)

In a classic mint julep cup or an old-fashioned glass combine 1 teaspoon water and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add several thin slices of fresh peeled ginger and several sprigs of mint. Muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add 2 ounces bourbon, stir until the glass is frosty on the outside and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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