Kentucky Bourbon Recipes

Recipes, Special Occasions
on May 7, 2011
derby day

Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries are nearly as legendary as the country’s most famous horse race. And, certainly, no Derby Day celebration would be complete without a Mint Julep, a heady beverage that is made with almost as much tradition and ceremony as it is mellow Kentucky bourbon.

A classic julep is made with bruised mint leaves, powdered or super-fine sugar, bourbon, and shaved ice, then served in a specially made sterling silver cup that beads with condensation as the ice melts. In our version, we’ve added a little tea to slightly lessen the bourbon’s considerable wallop; serve either in pitchers or in over ice in julep cups. And don’t let the spirits stop flowing there—use the stout stuff in a few of our favorite Kentucky-bourbon soaked recipes. Each will make Derby Day (or any day, really) extra special.

—By Martin Booe