Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The 56 Julep for this year's Derby

This Derby Day, it’s not only the horses who get the hot walk. When the races heat up, look to a tried and true classic to cool you down.

Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey, knows that the only proper mint julep uses Wild Turkey 101—and with over 56 years in the industry, his word is in the money. The julep has been the classic beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century, and made with any other bourbon leaves much to be desired. The higher proof of Wild Turkey 101 produces a richer, deeper and fuller taste, making it a bigger, better tasting mint julep.

With 56 Derbies under his belt, Russell's julep has been precisely refined. As they say, practice makes perfect.

Here's Jimmy's julep recipe.

THE 56 JULEP


2.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101
3 sprigs of mint (six to eight mature-sized leaves)
1.5 teaspoons brown sugar
.5 cup crushed ice

In a traditional silver julep cup or double-old fashioned glass, muddle two sprigs of mint with the brown sugar and one ounce of Wild Turkey 101 for a few minutes, crushing the mint leaves with a spoon. Add the crushed ice, the remaining bourbon, and garnish with sprig of mint. Enjoy!

See you at Churchill Downs!

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