We are working in California* today, but since it is Derby Day, we are reminded of those great Mint Juleps we photographed (and gladly drank!) with Marsha, the innkeeper at Inn at Woodhaven a couple of years ago. Here is a recipe for for this classic drink if you are celebrating today:
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda
- 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar or simple syrup
- 15 fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
- 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) high-quality whiskey or bourbon
- 2 cups crushed ice
Stir together club soda and sugar in a julep cup, until sugar just begins to dissolve. Add mint leaves and–this is very important–using a muddler or back of large spoon, gently press leaves into the liquid until bruised but not completely crushed. Add your booze of choice, then fill cup with crushed ice and stir briefly. Add mint sprigs and a short straw and head out to the verandah!
*Home of “California Chrome”, favored to win today, by the way…