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Mint-leaves-2007.jpgIt’s Kentucky Derby weekend, and though I don’t know anything about horses, I am drawn to the celebratory traditions that surround the race.  That means two things – fancy hats and mint juleps.

So in honor of my favorite herb (mint), and my favorite liquor (bourbon), here’s a mint julep recipe courtesy of Osage Gardens, the Colorado-based organic herb company. 

And click here for an intriguing article about how there are organic Scotches and whiskeys on the market, but no apparent organic bourbons…yet!

MINT JULEP
Serves 1

12 leaves of fresh Osage mint
Shaved ice
4 tsp of super fine sugar
2 ½ ounces bourbon
2 tsp spring water
6 spring of fresh Osage mint

Place mint leaves, sugar and water in a 12 oz chilled tumbler.

Stir well until sugar has dissolved.

Fill tumbler with shaved ice and add
bourbon.

With a long handled spoon chop or mix mixture with the ice.
Stir until the cup is frosted.

Recipe can be chilled in freezer for up to
1/2 hour.

Garnish with mint springs and serve with a straw.  Cheers!

(image via: http://www.indiamarks.com/guide/Chatpati-Chutney-and-delicious-Ready-Powder-recipes-/879)

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