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Florida Citrus-Peach Mint Julep: A great twist on a Kentucky Derby classic

Florida Citrus-Peach Mint Julep
Florida Citrus-Peach Mint JulepProvided by Marina Reyes, on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus

The 2014 Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3.

The first race was on a track built by Meriweather Lewis Clark in 1874. Approximately ten thousand people were at the first Kentucky Derby.

Over the years, that number continued to grow. Today, well over one hundred thousand people attend the Kentucky Derby every year. It has become one if not the premiere horse race.

When thinking of the Kentucky Derby, one cocktail comes to mind…the Mint Julep.

The traditional recipe, a cocktail classic, is known all-to-well, and has spawned many delicious variations. One such version is the Florida Citrus-Peach Mint Julep. Up your game with this twist on a timeless classic.

Florida Citrus-Peach Mint Julep

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup peach nectar
  • ¾ cup mint leaves
  • ½ cup fresh peaches, chopped
  • 4 cups Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 cup Florida orange juice
  • 1 cup Florida grapefruit juice
  • Shaved ice
  • 10 Florida orange slices, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish
  • Powdered sugar, optional

Preparation

  1. Combine sugar and water in small saucepan; bring to simmer and stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Combine peach nectar, mint leaves and peaches in cocktail shaker. Muddle ingredients until peaches are crushed and mint is fragrant. In large pitcher, combine muddled peach mixture, chilled sugar syrup, bourbon, orange juice and grapefruit juice; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until well chilled.
  3. To serve, fill martini glass to rim with shaved ice; pour in Florida Citrus-Peach Mint Julep. Garnish with orange slice and mint leaf; dust with powdered sugar, if desired.