Peters uses one of my favorite bourbons, Bulleit Rye, to make this sugar spirit-water cocktail. I use the same stuff to create the ultimate Blackberry Smash. An award-winning cocktail master, he’s the head bartender at Charlotte’s newest hot-spot, The Punch Room, nestled on the 15th floor of the Ritz-Carlton.
With a mere four ingredients, you’ll be glad you made this drink at home. Word on the street is, one mint julep at the races will cost you $8 a pop.
The Queen Julep
Recipe by Punch Room Head Mixologist Bob Peters
- 1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
- 0.5 oz. simple syrup
- 0.5 oz. Fernet Branca Menta (A mint-flavored liqueur)
- 8 fresh mint leaves, muddled
Muddle mint leaves in a shaker. Pour Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup and Fernet Branca Menta into shaker with ice and shake. Double strain and pour over crushed ice in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.For more surprising nuggets, check out “Kentucky Derby by the Numbers: Fun Facts to Know” to learn just how many hot dogs will be consumed at the races, and how much locally grown mint it takes to mix up more than 120,000 mint juleps!
I couldn’t pass up sharing these two fun facts from Newsday.com:
- Thousands of elegantly dressed women will grace Churchill Downs on Saturday. The endless lines for the ladies’ room will resemble runways during fashion week.
- Southern hospitality surrenders shamelessly to greed on Derby weekend, when you can pay at least $300 a night for a Louisville motel room that costs $55 any other time.