It’s almost time for the Kentucky Derby! And I’m sure you all know what that means right? Mint Juleps! I wanted to give you guys a little something different so I turned this traditional cocktail into a delicious single-serve slush (or slushie!) for you to enjoy as an ice-cold treat on Derby Day.
My grandmother, Mimi, was an avid fan of the Derby. It was one of her all-time favorite times of year (maybe only topped by Christmas). She loved watching the horses and cheering them on, and seeing if this would be the year that someone would win the Triple Crown. Mimi passed on her love of horses to my beautiful sister, and they always enjoyed going to horse shows and watching horses perform. I never quite got on board with all the horse shows, but I did enjoy the races, and the Derby is of course the ultimate of all of the races.
I’ve been to Preakness a handful of times. Preakness is at the beginning of the summer in Baltimore, and since I was in the area for 4 years for college, I had the “privilege” of attending it. I say “privilege” because Preakness (or at least my experience of it) is significantly less classy than what one thinks of when they think of the Derby.
When I think of the Derby, I think of beautiful hats, and mint juleps, and my lovely Mimi. One of my fondest memories with her was watching the Derby at her apartment and watching her drink mint juleps. Drinking wasn’t really her thing. She was a classy lady from West Virginia, and drinking wasn’t really something she engaged in very much. So watching her enjoy her juleps, and cheer on the horses, remains burned in my brain as a fantastic memory of my grandmother.
I lost my grandmother nearly four years ago. She had been fighting cancer for years and we were all so proud of her. I lost her the June before the Bar Exam (which is July), and I always think that part of her let go just early enough for me to get my life back together before the big exam. I know she was looking down on me that day, and that she is still looking down, proudly watching me practice law, and proudly watching me wear her sapphire ring as my something blue at our wedding last month.Mimi, this post is a tribute to you. I’m sure you will watch the Derby from heaven, and we will see if this one takes the Triple Crown <3
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup mint leaves
- 2.5 oz. Bourbon
- 3 sprigs mint for muddling in Bourbon
- Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Pour into a bowl and add the ½ cup mint leaves, then place in fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Mix the Bourbon and 3 sprigs mint in a measuring cup (taller than the amount), and muddle in the mint leaves.
- Place Bourbon in fridge for at least 1 hour as well.
- Pour both into the same container, then strain into a mason jar and place in the freezer, stirring with a fork every couple of ours, then freeze overnight