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Drink to the Month of May

I’m psyched May is just around the corner. Growing up in New Hampshire, April wasn’t really spring, there was still as risk of snow and even is it stayed above freezing, it was always really muddy. May though, is when it really starts to get gorgeous and you start to have faith that summer really will eventually arrive.

There is a very important event that happens in the very beginning a May, the Kentucky Derby. Horse racing! Big Hats! Mint Juleps! Yes, Mint Juleps, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby (that may or may not be true, I like to make things up). Traditionally, Mint Juleps are served in a silver cup (that I know, is true) what I’m going to suggest to you readers though is to throw out the idea of tradition and serve the Blackberry Mint Juleps in these:

This recipe is tweaked slightly from Martha:

· 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves

· 1 pint blackberries

· 6 tablespoons sugar

· 1/2 cup bourbon

· 4 cups small ice cubes

· 4 sprigs mint, for garnishing

· Soda water

Chop 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves.

Puree the mint, blackberries, and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds.

Rinse blender, then return puree to blender, and add bourbon and small ice cubes; blend until smooth. Divide mixture among the four adorable glasses; add soda water to thin out mixture. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

Now grab your hat, bet on a horse and enjoy the derby!

Reader Comments (3)

Robyn, I will totally pay you $5 to wear that hat.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg Blocker

I'd wear that hat for free. It's a solid hat.

the hat is wearing the woman. nice drink share!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamra of walkswithBella

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