Annnnd we’re off! Nashville Neigher with a slow start… Tennessee Honey to the front… Wait! Southern FATTY is wiggling to the front from the side… annnnnd he’s won! Southern FATTY has done it!
That’s right kids. It’s Derby time! As a Kentucky boy, I remember Derby being one of the most anticipated events of the year. Throw on that bow-tie, mint your julep and head out to celebrate with great friends! A 2-minute race that controls millions of dollars. It’s a great time for everyone (minus the losers, I suppose). The winners however, are the fans. Good people, (usually) pretty skies and certainly good drinks.
The only thing more Southern than a julep has to be sweet tea. Babies are basically given sweet tea from birth around here. I have no complaints. It is certainly my drink of choice. Having previously gone on a few road trips up North, I can even tell you which city is the last one off of the Interstate to stop selling it. Why not add a bit of that charm to the julep? Sweet tea mint julep it is.
On a side note, mint is incredibly easy to grow. It will take over everything if you aren’t careful (I keep mine in a pot by itself). Go grab a little mint starter and you’ll have enough fresh mint to keep your entire Derby party going for days.
This isn’t the type of drink that you would slam back like a jäger-bomb, but instead is meant to slowly enjoy. The fresh mint leaves, smooth Kentucky bourbon (don’t even think about making this with TN Whiskey… sorry TN!), bit of fine sugar to balance. It’s such a fresh, clean drink.
Enjoy the beautiful Derby weekend with good friends and great drinks. You’ll certainly have the best party in town with this on the bar. Samraat is going to be my horse of choice!
- 3 oz Kentucky bourbon
- 8-10 mint leaves
- ¼ lemon, sliced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup sweet tea
- crushed ice
- extra mint leaves for garnish
- Combine bourbon, mint, sugar and lemon slices in glass.
- Press the ingredients together gently (you don't need to smash the leaves completely-- just break the seals of the stem veins) with a wooden spoon/muddler.
- Add tea and crushed ice. Stir well.
- Typically served in a stainless glass with a holdable rim to chill glass and drink completely.
- Enjoy! Let us know what you think on SouthernFATTY.com!
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