The “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” is happening this Saturday May 7th and many traditions are celebrated. My favorite Kentucky Derby tradition has to be the Mint Julep. I have tried numerous times to make one and can never seem to get it right. But, I have found the official recipe they use at Churchill Downs and am passing it along to you.
The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Crushed ice
- Early Times Kentucky Whisky (The official Whisky used at the Derby)
- Silver Julep Cups (Remember, it’s not a Julep if it isn’t in a Silver Julep Cup)
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack, almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served.