F Simple and Serene Living: TIME TO RUN FOR THE ROSES HERE IN KENTUCKY 09 10
Saturday, May 2, 2015


It's that time of year again. fast horses, beautiful hats, the singing of my old Kentucky home, and lots of celebrations. Yes, today is the run for the roses, also known as the Kentucky Derby and no derby party is complete without the official drink, the mint julep. Those of us who are native Kentuckians, were practically weaned on mint juleps, but for those of you who have never had the privilege, I am including a recipe. let me say, with all due respect, that if you have never had one of these jewels, I would recommend that you sip slowly on one for several hours. 

mint julep recipe

4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

I confess, that I no longer am able to drink alcohol, but that doesn't mean I want to forego the tradition, so I just cook off the alcohol in a delicious recipe.

{adapted from Cooking and Booking}

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
4 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup bourbon (or whiskey)
1/2 cup Creme de Menthe

3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mint extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F, and grease or line 30 cupcake cups.
Combine salt, baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups of the flour. Beat butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the milk and liquors to the batter, then the rest of the flour (1 cup). Mix as little as possible, just until the batter comes together. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.

Combine the powdered sugar, salt, extracts and melted butter and beat until creamy. Gradually add milk until the texture is right for piping. When the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe or spread the icing on top. Garnish with cake sparkles or sprinkles, a straw (trimmed to size), and mint leaves.

I'm thinking this is not the low calorie version, but hey, after you run around the track a few times you're bound to burn them off.  (thanks to my cousin AnneBrinton for finding this)

Well, i'm off to find my hat and read the racing form so you all have a nice day.

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  1. have never had one. although i do like kentucky bourbon. :)

  2. Thanks for reminding me! We watch the Derby every year. I'd hate to miss it!

  3. Oh no, Laura! I just realized that we missed the Derby!!!! We had dinner guests last night and were completely occupied getting dinner on the table. :-( I hope they show it on TV today.

  4. I've never had a Mint Julep - I wonder if there's a non-alcoholic version? and I've never watched the Derby. Guess I'm not very southern. The cupcakes look wonderful!


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