With spring in the air and Kentucky Derby day approaching it is the perfect time for this refreshing Ginger Mint Julep Recipe.
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According to estimates about 120,000 Mint Juleps are sold at Churchill Downs over Kentucky Derby weekend. That is quite an impressive number! I have never been able to attend the Kentucky Derby, but this drink will make you feel like you are part of the action. It takes the traditional Mint Julep Recipe and adds a little bit of ginger to liven up the flavor.
The ginger and mint combine together for a refreshing spring cocktail. I added the ginger flavor adding a little bit of ginger root to the sugar syrup that I made. This recipe makes enough for 8 mint juleps, but if you aren’t serving that many you can save the sugar syrup in the refrigerator for using another day.
Making Sugar Syrup
Sugar Syrup is easy to make since it is just taking water and sugar and boiling it to dissolve all the sugar and super saturate the water with sugar. Adding a small piece of peeled ginger with the sugar gives the syrup a spicy gingery taste. You can buy Sugar Syrup at many stores, but it only takes about five minutes to make so it is almost no effort at all.
The Ginger Mint Julep is made by putting a little mint in a glass and muddling it with sugar syrup. Then you top the glass off with Bourbon and ice and a little bit more mint to garnish.
Mint Julep Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 inch gingerroot
- Sugar Syrup
- mint sprigs
- 8 cup crushed ice
- 1 cup Bourbon
Peel the ginger root and put it in a saucepan with the water and sugar.
Boil for 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool, and then strain it to remove the ginger root.
To make the Juleps put 3 mint sprigs in the bottom of a glass. Add 2 T of ginger sugar syrup and muddle the mixture.
Top with 1 c. of ice and 2 T of Bourbon. Mix and serve.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
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