The Kentucky Derby – Rachael Rays Mint Julep Recipes

The Kentucky Derby conjures up images of mint juleps, oversized hats, and horses, but the one thing that comes to mind is celebrities!

The Hollywood set loves to travel to Louisville, KY every year for the annual horse race and this Saturday May 5 will be no different. If you aren’t traveling out to the races and just want an excuse to do some day drinking, try out Rachel Ray’s recipes for a delicious mint julep and her tasty mint julep melon bites.

Mint Julep

Ingredients
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
½ cup bourbon (4 ounces)
Crushed ice

Directions
Muddle sugar, mint leaves and a splash of bourbon in your glass until a paste forms, then add ice and bourbon and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Mint Julep Melon Bites

Ingredients 2 cups sugar
½ cup packed fresh mint leaves and tender stems, plus whole sprigs for garnish
½ cup bourbon
2 cantaloupes peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
Juice of 1 lemon

Directions
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water and the sugar to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in ½ cup mint leaves and the bourbon. Cover and let steep for 1 hour.

Place the cantaloupes in a serving bowl. Strain the syrup over the melon; stir in the lemon juice to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Top with mint sprigs.

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