Tuesday Newsday: Enjoy a Mint Julep on us!

If you remember two weeks ago we gave you some excellent recipes for you to try on your own risk from the Colonial Cook Cards. With the 142 running of the roses Kentucky Derby race taking place on Saturday, May 7th, we thought we would share with you the Mint Julep recipes that were also found in the box.

There are two different recipes! Drink at your own risk!

Mint Julep – Maryland (recipe of George Blakistone, Esq., Baltimore, MD)

  • 1 bunch of fresh mint
  • 1/2 whiskey glass of Best Rye Whiskey
  • 1 large lump of sugar
  • 1 1/2 julep glass of ice (cracked)

To make a single julep provide for convenience of two whiskey glasses and a julep glass.  Fill the whiskey glass half full of whiskey, into which place a goodly number of mint buds, and allow to steep for about  five minutes.  Pack the julep glass with ice and in the other whiskey glass put the sugar, and moisten with just enough water to dissolve.  Pour the dissolved sugar over the cracked ice, stirring well with a long spoon.  Then pour the whiskey off the mint buds into the julep glass, filling the same up with ice and stirring again.  Place in the glass a generous bunch of mint to garnish, which should be squeezed with the finger tips just before serving, to bring out the aroma.  Bury your nose in the mint and dream away.  In mixing touch the edges of the julep glass only, otherwise the frosting will be disturbed.

Mint Julep – “OLE” VA ( Turner family recipe, “Walsingham,” VA).

  • 2 teaspoons of sugar or syrup
  • 1 wine glass of water
  • 1 wine glass of whiskey
  • 1 wineglass of apple brandy
  • a dash of Jamaica Rum
  • 3/4 glass of crushed ice
  • 10 sprigs of Mint
  • 3 or 4 ripe strawberries or maraschino cherries

Take two glasses same size, in one put 2 teaspoons of sugar, adding a wineglass of water, dissolve sugar thoroughly.  In other glass put a wineglass each of whiskey and brandy, add a few sprigs of mint, mash well with the muddler, then fill with crushed ice.  To mix pour rapidly one glass into the other.  Dash with small quantity of Jamaica rum.  Place some unmashed mint on top and dress with ripe strawberries or maraschino cherries.

We’re giving you these mint julep recipes as a subtle hint that on May 7th, Liberty Hall is hosting a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser!  And we think you should come drink mint juleps with us, frick and frack! Click the link below to purchase your tickets today before they sell out!

http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/events/kentucky-derby-fundraiser-may7

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