Though the Simply Charmed headquarters has moved to the Midwest, we still have many friends living in the Southern California area. And what’s recently opened back up again? The Del Mar Racetrack!
The crowd poured in on opening day, and ladies everywhere donned their wide brimmed hats. What a scene!
Naturally, there is one drink that comes to mind when thinking of the races. The Mint Julep.
It is said that the drink originated somewhere around the early eighteenth century, with it’s first mention in a book that was published in London.
At the famous Willard Hotel in Washington D.C., the Mint Julep was introduced by U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky.
In the late 1930’s the Mint Julep was promoted in association with the Kentucky Derby by Churchill Downs. Each year well over 100,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, some being purchased for the price of $1000.
Making your own Mint Julep at home is easy, and is traditionally made with 4 ingredients; mint, bourbon, sugar, and water. In the South spearmint wins the popular vote, especially in Kentucky.
What you need:
3oz of bourbon
4 or more (to taste) sprigs of mint
finely ground sugar (to taste. I suggest starting with a tsp and working your way up)
Add 1oz of bourbon, mint and sugar to your glass. Swirl it around letting the sugar dissolve and the bourbon soak up some of the mint flavor. Let it sit for a little while so ensure the mint has a chance to release it’s flavor.
Strain and pour into a glass, fill with ice (I prefer shaved ice), and add the rest of your bourbon. Garnish with a sprig of mint, and of course our Race Day themed wine charms.
Tip: Measure out your mint and bourbon according to how many servings you plan to make the next day. Place the two in a shallow bowl, and let sit overnight. The mint will really pop! the next day.