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Recipe: Mint Julep, a drink for Kentucky Derby

Another item served at almost every Kentucky Party is the mint julep - an alcoholic drink that makes use of local Kentucky Bourbon and mint, and is quite suited for the Southern and Genteel Ladies attending the racetrack!

4 fresh mint springs
2 1/2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon whiskey
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 teaspoons water

In a collins or other unusual/fancy glass, crush the 4 mint sprigs with the powdered sugar and water (called "muddling"). This lends flavor to the bourbon. Fill the glass with crushed ice, then add the bourbon. Top with a bit more ice and garnish with an additional mint sprig. Serve with a straw that has been cut to just barely be above the glass - that way when taking a drink, your nose will touch the mint spring!

Copyright (c) 2009 V P Lawrence-Williams

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