Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Mint Juleps and more for your Kentucky Derby celebration

The Kentucky Derby is set for May 5-6, and the fans world over can’t wait for the event they call the Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports.

While you may not have plans to watch live in Louisville this year, with help from Jerry’s Kitchen you can host a fantastic Derby party at home. We’ve got the fresh, innovative catering menus to make your Derby celebration an event your guests won’t soon forget!

Of course, no Derby party would be complete without the iconic mint julep. You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to make the perfect julep to complement your appetizers and main dishes.

Beyond bourbon: Great spirits to try

To make the classic julep, begin with top-quality whiskey. While bourbon is traditional, it is by no means your only choice. The experts offer this list of 7 great picks, including Buffalo Trace, Knob Creek, Bulleit and Woodford Reserve.

Next comes simple syrup, which you can make in minutes on the stove. It’s equal parts water and sugar, heated slowly, stirring as you go. You can add flavoring if you like.

Fresh mint is the final essential ingredient. You’ll need a muddler – a handy bar tool that makes it easy to crush the mint leaves to release their flavorful oils.

Here’s the full how-to:

  • In a silver julep cup or rocks glass, lightly muddle 8 mint leaves with ¼ ounce of syrup.
  • Add 2 ounces bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice.
  • Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside. Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a mint sprig.

Plan your spring celebration now with Jerry’s expert caterers

The bold-bright flavor of the classic mint julep is the ideal way to toast the Kentucky Derby – and a perfect way to welcome spring. As the Philadelphia area’s leading catering service, Jerry’s Kitchen is ready to help you with all the details to make your spring and summer parties both delicious and fun.

We’ll deliver our fabulous specialties for your corporate or private party anywhere in Greater Philly, including Doylestown and Malvern. Call us now for more great spring entertaining ideas!




Scott is the GM of Jerry's Kitchen. He blogs about food, eating, restaurants, and catering. Bala Cynwyd, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting, Malvern, Main Line, Philadelphia, South Jersey, Bucks County.

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