Mint Julep0

Mint Julep

* 3 sprigs fresh mint
* 1 sugar cube
* 2 ounces bourbon
* 1 additional mint sprig for garnish

Place the sugar cube and 3 mint sprigs into your glass, add a small splash of water, and gently muddle to break up the sugar and release the oils from the mint. Pack the glass with crushed ice and add the bourbon. Gently slide a barspoon through the ice and lightly stir mix the bourbon through the muddled mint. Garnish with the remaining mint.

The pagans celebrated Walpurgisnacht last night, while the rest of the world calls today Labour Day, but here in the US, May 1, 2010, is Derby Day, the day of the Kentucky Derby, which takes place every year on the first Saturday of May. And that means only one thing (well, apart from the Derby itself).

Ideally you’ll be serving these in the traditional silver mint julep cups but a highball or rocks glass will do in a pinch (or doubled in a pint glass, for the truly dedicated). As you can see, I don’t have the proper cups myself although I’ve determined to get some. Just when I think I’m satisfied having a pretty good glassware selection, even if I don’t have the traditional glass for every occasion, I decide I absolutely need something else. No wonder I’m running out of room in my kitchen cabinets.