Kentucky Derby 2010: Mint Julep recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

michael-chiarello-320.jpgEvery so often here at Zap2it, we like to perform a public service. And if alcohol is involved, so much the better.

With the Kentucky Derby being run on Saturday it's time to break out your most outrageous hat and whip up a batch of mint juleps.

Perusing the Food Network site, the recipe with the highest rating by far is Michael Chiarello's.

Ingredients

- 1/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup sugar, plus more for garnish
- 3 bunches mint
- 1 bottle Southern whiskey
- 1 egg white
- Mint or lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Make a mint flavored simple syrup by boiling water and sugar with two bunches of roughly torn and bruised mint in large sauce pot. Boil just until the sugar dissolves completely. Cool and strain the mint out of mixture.

Add bottle of whisky to the infusion. Stuff the empty whiskey bottle with last bunch of fresh mint leaves and fill with the simple syrup/whiskey mixture.

Cap and put in freezer overnight. It will freeze to a slushy consistency for serving.

Glasses: dip the rim of each glass in egg white, then in sugar for a frosted appearance and chill. Fill with mint julep mixture straight from the frozen bottle and garnish with a mint or lavender sprig.

Remember: Be careful when using raw eggs, drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.

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