Garden Fresh Mint Juleps.

It’s that special time of year where entertaining is at its peak, thanks to all this beautiful weather and sunshine. And today I’m celebrating with a fresh, seasonal cocktail recipe. With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, a Mint Julep seemed like the perfect fit.

Mint Julep Recipe by heirloomed

The key ingredient to a Mint Julep is fresh mint (well, and bourbon …). Luckily, my herb garden is going absolutely crazy right now and my sprawling mint is nearly covering all the beds in my front garden. It does makes for a beautiful and fragrant ground cover, but beware as it will certainly takeover your garden if you let it.

Fresh Mint at heirloomed

I came across these amazing vintage julep cups in one of my favorite vintage shops in Chamblee, GA. They are just perfect for serving Mint Juleps in year-round, but especially for the tradition of the Kentucky Derby.

Mint Julep Recipe by heirloomed
Mint Julep Recipe by heirloomed

HERB GARDEN MINT JULEP JARS

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Mint Juleps are best known for being the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. They make the perfect seasonal refreshment.

ingredients:

For the Mint Juleps
  • 1 ½ parts Bourbon
  • 2 springs fresh Mint
  • 2 TBSP mint simple syrup
  • Splash of cold water
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • Crushed ice

instructions:

How to cook HERB GARDEN MINT JULEP JARS

  1. Pluck the leaves from one spring of mint to flil the bottom of your larger jar. Add mint simple syrup and using a muddler or end of a wooden spoon or rolling pin, muddle together your mint leaves with simple syrup, bourbon and water. Fill your small jar with crushed ice and pour mixture over on top. Sift powdered sugar on top and garnish with remaining spring of mint. Enjoy!
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Food Network Star, Damaris Phillips' new show Southern at Heart. {and a Giveaway!}

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I love watching the Food Network, but imagine my surprise a few weeks back when I spotted one of my new heirloomed aprons pop up on the screen. In disbelief I hit rewind on the DVR and sure enough, there it was! Chef Damaris Phillips, the latest winner of Food Network Star was wearing the heirloomed Halter Apron on the trailer for her new show, Southern at Heart.

Damaris Phillips apron

I absolutely love that she is celebrating the love of Southern food and spreading her Kentucky roots for all to see. In the second episode this morning, Damaris prepared a lovely Fall breakfast spread, including two of my favorites {quiche & granola} AND was wearing the apron during the whole episode - how exciting. She wears it so beautifully and couldn't imagine a more wonderful, Southern model for the apron. She picked her apron up at a store we work with in Louisville, KY called The Urban Farmhouse Market, and was also kind enough to wear it for her cooking demos last week at the New York Food & Wine Festival.

If you haven't tuned in yet to watch Southern at Heart, I hope you'll tune in next Sunday at 10:30AM est to catch the latest episode and support Damaris!

In celebration of the TV debut, we are hosting a giveaway this week of our heirloomed Halter Apron, the same style worn by Damaris on the show! You have until 11/10/13 12AM to enter to win - best of luck!

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