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Celebrate the Derby with Lilly Pulitzer's Recipe for Mint Juleps
Good morning Lilly Lovers! We know many of you have been shopping for the perfect Derby ensemble and, of course, Lilly is the answer. Even if you're not going to the Derby, be a Derby Darling in Lilly Pulitzer and celebrate colorfully. We have lots of divine dresses in stock for your race day fetes; whether you're heading to the races or celebrating at home. Plus, did I mention? Summer is at The Pink Pelican!
If you're a local Lilly Lover and looking for a way to celebrate Derby Day check out these two options. Madison is hosting a Derby Day Celebration and, if you want to join the race, a local church hosts a Derby Duck Race to raise funds for First Stop and Special Session at Camp McDowell.
Wherever you spend Derby, take the chance to be darling and delicious by wearing Lilly and serving Mint Juleps made from Lilly herself's own recipe from the book "Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining." As always, please drink responsibly and limit these tasty treats to Lilly Lovers that are over 21.
Make the mint-infused simple syrup the night before.
4 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 ounce, 1 bunch, fresh mint leaves
Additional mint for garnish
Stir sugar and two cups water in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer and allow syrup to simmer gently for 10 minutes. Place one ounce fresh mint leaves in large bowl. Pour hot syrup over leaves. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
Using slotted spoon, remove mint leaves from syrup and discard mint. Pour mint syrup into large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Set out pitcher of mint syrup, bourbon and crushed ice. Arrange mint sprigs in bud vase with water to keep them fresh. Allow guests to assemble cocktails, adjusting measurements to suit their own preferences. In general, fill glasses with crushed ice and add aprroximately 1/4 cup bourbon and 2 tablespoons mint syrup. Then stir to combine. Garnish with mint sprig and serve.
If you find this classic cocktail too strong, it can be tamed with club soda per serving.
Enjoy! Any Derby plans? What are you wearing?