Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 30th is National Mint Julep Day!

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Considering that the Mint Julep is associated with the South and The Kentucky Derby, it's not really a traditional drink in California.

Except for maybe in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park in Anaheim. It's the drink of choice at the Blue Bayou Restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.


Blue Bayou Mint Julep
Disneyland


Here's a recipe from the Disney Magazine - Summer 2000 issue:
With one adaptation

Ingredients:

2 1/4 Cups - sugar
6 Cups - water
2 TBS + 1/2 TBS - fresh lime juice
1 (12 oz) can - frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 1/2 tsp - creme de menthe syrup (hard to find, non-alcoholic, see below for substitution)


Directions: If you have creme de menthe syrup

1. Combine sugar and water in saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
2. Stir in lime juice, lemonade concentrate, and creme de menthe and heat to just below boiling point (200 degrees F). Be careful not to let mixture boil.
3. Remove from heat and chill to form a thick syrup.
4. For each serving, pour 2 Tablespoons of syrup and 10 ounces of chilled water into a glass of crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.


Directions: If you do not have creme de menthe syrup

1. Combine sugar and water in saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Note: If you cannot find creme de menthe syrup (non-alcoholic), heat sugar and water mixture and stir until it thickens into a simple syrup (do not boil). Let cool, add in fresh mint leaves and seep for 15 minutes or longer. Take mint leaves out.
2. Stir in lime juice and lemonade concentrate and heat to just below boiling point (200 degrees F). Be careful not to let mixture boil.
Remove from heat and chill to form a thick syrup.
4. For each serving, pour 2 Tablespoons of syrup and 10 ounces of chilled water into a glass of crushed ice and garnish with a prig of fresh mint.


Today, I lost a friend. I'll always remember him smiling and caring about his friends and family. In his memory, I raise a glass to you Casey! You will truly be missed...


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