Today is Kentucky Oaks day, and that means only one thing: Tomorrow is Derby Day!

So dust off those sivler julep cups, crush some ice, and make some simple syrup.  it’s time for that once a year oh-so-Kentucky tradition of hte Mint Julep, the offical drink of the  Kentucky Derby!

From the official Kentucky Derby Website:

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The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Early Times Kentucky Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups

Make a 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.