Kentucky Derby fans have toasted the winner of the race for almost a century with this refreshing drink.
Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky whisky . Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
In 2006, the Kentucky Oaks (the race run on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby) received its own signature cocktail with the creation of the Oaks Lily. The drink’s pink color reflects the garland of stargazer lilies that is placed over the winning filly’s shoulders.
Mix ingredients, pour over crushed ice in a stemless wine glass. Add a straw and garnish with an orange wedge and cherry.
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