18 Apr Bacon-infused Mint Juleps
It’s getting close to Kentucky Derby time, and that means Mint Juleps! In case you don’t know, Mint Juleps are a major Kentucky Derby tradition, and each year almost 120,000 mint juleps are sold at the Derby! A properly made Julep is a wonderful thing, it cools, refreshes and packs a punch, all at the same time.
Traditionally, a Mint Julep is very simple- good bourbon, simple syrup, crushed ice and mint. You can either infuse mint into the simple syrup, or if you prefer, you can muddle the mint in the bottom of the glass. I generally infuse it, so I’ll give you that recipe, but if you want some “grass in the glass” just omit mint from the simple syrup recipe and bust out the muddler!
I’m not one to let simple tradition stand in my way, and I wanted to take this recipe up a notch or two. Hmm, what to do, what to do- Infuse the bourbon with bacon! I made a version of these for a Smithfield Chef’s table dinner at one of my restaurants, STEAK by Melissa, and it was a big hit. Here’s a version for you to try!