Juleps and Hats, it must be Derby Day!

Hats and Mint Juleps made with Bourbon are the staple ingredients for any successful Derby Day, and the Portland Derby at Leftbank Annex was no exception. Guests were dressed to impress, adorned from head-to-toe in their Derby duds and caps. Floppy hats and floral prints for the ladies were classic combo, and the gentlemen were very dapper with bow-ties, suspenders, and the like. To honor the classic cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, here is a Mint Julep Recipe, but first: 

3 Fun Facts about the Mint Julep

Jallab - Many believe this drink was inspired by a traditional Middle Eastern drink served on crushed ice, sweetened with molasses and flavored with rose water - Yum! 

The Julep has been Churchill Down's Signature Drink for the Kentucky Derby since 1938

According to The Kentucky Derby:

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

 

The Recipe: Basic Mint Julep

Ingredients:

7 mint leaves, plus a sprig top for garnish

2.5 oz Maker's Mark Bourbon

3/4 oz Mint Simple syrup

Soda Water

Directions:

Muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup in bottom of silver cup, add bourbon and top with crushed ice, add a splash of soda water and garnish with mint sprig and wide straw