The Kentucky Derby was this weekend! Did you watch? We did because we have an
enormous, ugly antenna on the top of our chimney now! It can be seen for blocks! My dad keeps teasing me about how shiny and visible it is because he knows I hate love it so!
But, it does enable us to be able to see live sporting events for free since we haven’t had cable for years. And no one was killed installing it. Double bonus.
So we watched the Derby, placed our imaginary bets, and had fancy drinks. Three of our children picked three of the top four winners, so maybe we should have placed real bets.
There’s no way to make a faux Mint Julep taste like a real one, but the kids and I did enjoy our virgin Mint Juleps very much. They are based on several recipes I found online. The syrup is my Aunt Marian’s recipe with added lemon juice. I especially found the combination of mint and ginger soothing as I’d been struck down by the stomach virus the kids have been passing around. I know how to party.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 14 mint sprigs, crushed
- ginger ale
- additional mint sprigs for garnish
- Boil the water and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from the heat.
- Add the lemon juice and mint sprigs.
- Let steep for ten minutes.
- Remove the mint.
- Pour ginger ale over ice in a glass.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of the lemon mint syrup.
- Garnish with an additional mint sprig.
- Refrigerate any leftover syrup in a glass jar. It can also be used in tea or other drinks.