the mint julep

by - 2:58 PM

Mint julep cups have been floating around the Internet recently and I LOVE all the uses people are coming up with. But why are they so awfully expensive?
Btw, has anyone ever had a mint julep? I hear they aren’t super tasty, but I’ve never had one. They are infamous mostly because it’s the traditional drink at the Kentucky Derby – here’s a fact for you:

They say that mint was planted at Churchill Downs in Louisville so that mint juleps could be served at the very first Kentucky Derby in 1875. On Derby Day alone, Churchhill Downs sells close to 80,000 mint juleps.

Classic Mint Julep Recipe
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep
Serves 6-8 people

2 cups - sugar
2 cups - water
16 oz - Kentucky bourbon, 2 per mint julep
Crushed ice
10 sprigs fresh mint
8 mint julep glasses

Combine water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil to make simple syrup. Boil for 5 minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 2 sprigs of fresh mint and refrigerate overnight. To make your mint julep, start by filling each mint julep glass with crushed ice. Add 1 tablespoon of the mint flavored simple syrup then 2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!

Anyhow, onto the mint julep cups sans the mint julep.
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