Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Derby Day Drinks: Frozen Mint Juleps

Honestly, I know pretty much nothing about the Kentucky Derby beyond fun hats and mint juleps.  I'm sorry...I just don't.  It seems like one of those things I should be paying more attention to.  I know that my husband's family always watches the derby and I have fun with the hat and julep part of the deal.  :-)

 This year, I decided that our standard julep needed an upgrade- honestly for no other reason than I just got a new blender and I feel like putting it to good use as often as possible.  For way too long I've made do with a horrid blender that couldn't handle ice at all.  The final straw was a few weeks ago when my husband tried to make ice cream concoctions (apparently Dairy Queen's line was too long...?) and my blender did a miserable job even with something that simple.

The day had come- it was time for a replacement.

Last year's Derby watching- my hat
options are a bit limited :-)
Of course I turned to Amazon and decided to buy myself a Ninja- I stopped short of the fancier version and so far the $30 one is doing just beautifully.  lol There have been quite a few smoothies and frozen drinks made around here lately, I'm just so excited to have a blender that can provide me with that beautifully smooth, slushy consistency!

So anyway, back to the Derby- the excitement of the new blender overwhelmed me and suddenly I knew that the julep was going to need a makeover for our derby watching.  I found a bunch of other recipes online, as I'm hardly the first person to have this idea (way to be original, Nora...) and my husband and I set to work playing with recipes and blenderizing our juleps.

Just to clarify, when I say "we set to work" I mean my husband went to the store, bought the ingredients, whisked up a batch of frozen juleps, and I helped drink them.
I kind of think that means I did my part, don't you?  I mean...I did take the pictures and everything... :-)

A regular mint julep is a refreshing drink- the standard players are mint, simple syrup, and bourbon.  Hard to go wrong there, right?  Essentially you're just throwing all of that goodness in the blender with some ice.  I can't begin to tell you how good these things are.  Just sweet enough, minty and refreshing, grounded with bourbon, and amazingly drinkable.  Dangerously drinkable.  I liked the little flecks of mint that distributed in my frozen drink and that these required zero muddling.

Whether you're looking for a fun summer drink or a memorable drink for your Derby watching festivities this guy is definitely the way to go!

6 oz bourbon
20 mint leaves
2 1/2 oz lemon juice
4 C ice
Mint for garnish

1. Place bourbon, mint leaves, simple syrup, and lemon juice in blender and blend on high until combined.  Add ice to blender and blend until slushy.  Serve with mint garnish if desired.

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