Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Run for the roses

photo by Adrian Scottow

Back when I lived in Florida, I was friends with a couple from Louisville who threw the most awesome Kentucky Derby parties. Guests would show up in big hats, white gloves and seersucker and sip on Bourbon, while placing bets on the horses. Since then, I've added a trip to the Kentucky Derby to my bucket list...some day I will attend the actual event, oh yes! And with my new favorite horse - I'll have another! (best name ever, amirite?) - vying for the Triple Crown, my desire to attend a race is only multiplied.
Why am I babbling on about horse racing? Well, turns out today was National Mint Julep Day. While I'm not a regular imbiber of this particular cocktail, it does make for the perfect horse racing drink. Even better, I recently found a sugar-free version. Holla! You can thank me the next time you're in a Kentucky state of mind.

Low Carb Mint Julep
10 large fresh mint leaves
1 sprig of mint for garnish
2 teaspoons granulated Splenda
Club soda or seltzer
Crushed ice
3 ounces Blanton’s Single Barrel, Wild Turkey, or good Kentucky sippin’ whiskey
1) Place the mint leaves into the bottom of the cup; add the Splenda and muddle the leaves until they start to break down.
2) Add a jigger of soda or seltzer and swirl; fill the glass with crushed ice.
3) Add the bourbon, top off with another splash of seltzer, the sprig of mint, and drink.
One or two of these and you’ll think you’re in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs.

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