Derby Day

Filed in Sports by on May 5, 2012

As many in the Brandywine River Valley get ready to celebrate Point to Point on Sunday, the nation, no, the world will be focusing on the small city of Lexington Lousiville for the Kentucky Derby. Here are a couple of articles to help you pick the field; Andrew Beyer’s pick, he’s been the Washington Post’s horse racing columnist since the ’70s; and a brief look back in time via Hunter S. Thompson.

BTW, I’m looking for some good mint julep recipes.

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  1. puck says:

    BTW, I’m looking for some good mint julep recipes.

    What a horrible thing to do to perfectly good bourbon.

  2. auntie dem says:

    Umm, nemski, the Derby race will be run in Louisville, KY (pop. 1.3M) today. It has been thus for 200 years or thereabouts. Sorry to correct you.

    And don’t make the mistake of confusing Bourbon with corn-mash sipping whisky. Bourbon can only be made in Bourbon County, KY. Maker’s Mark is the absolute best. NO Jack Daniels from Tennessee in my mint juleps.

    Make a simple syrup of boiled sugar and water and when it has cooled place a handfull of mint sprigs in a bowl and add the simple syrup and using a spoon muddle the mint with the syrup. It will turn a little green. Discard the mint and add the syrup to the serving glass, about 2 tspns, then pack the glass with shaved ice — the preferred serving piece is a silver julep cup, but most people use a clear glass tumbler. You can refrigerate the glasses until post time if you want to prepare ahead. When ready to serve add sufficient bourbon to make yourself very happy and give it all a good stir. Then put a mint sprig into the glass so that it wafts the aroma to your nose as you drink. It should stick out above the glass. Straws are optional but nice because they suck up the mint syrup from the bottom of the glass.

    Tradition calls for cheesy grits, asparagus, strawberries, and a rare roasted beef tenderloin to go with your julep. Also the table should be decorated with red roses with lots of mint sprigs in the centerpiece.

    Happy Derby Day everyone and may your horse win.

  3. nemski says:

    Thanks autie dem. There was a disconnect in my brain when looking at one web page and writing on another. At least I didn’t say Bowling Green or Owensboro.

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