Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Where to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Chicago...


The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner and if you can't make it to Kentucky, consider planting yourself at Elate's bar to enjoy Chicago's best Mint Julep and watch the race. In honor of the Derby, Elate is offering Mint Julep's at a special price $8 (normally $12). The special runs along with the horses, Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. While your enjoying your Mint Julep, stay for Elate's fabulous brunch.

Elate is located at 111 West Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654. For reservations, call: 312.202.9900. Valet and street parking are available.
Here's Elate's Mint Julep recipe or you can try the original one featured below.

Elate's Mint Julep
Crushed Ice
2.5 oz Buffalo Trace
1 tablespoon sugar
6 mint leaves
Muddle mint leaves and sugar, add bourbon. Let it sit for about a minute to let mint fuse with bourbon. Add crushed ice and stir till glass is frosted. Add more crushed ice. Serve with mint sprig garnish.

*More about Mint Juleps

Editor's note: Reprint from the official Kentucky Derby website.

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Early Times Kentucky Whisky has been privileged and honored to be a part of that tradition. The Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail has been "The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby" for more than 18 years.

Each year, almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

The Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail is a staple at the track the rest of the year as well. You can also find the Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail at your local retailer. The commemorative bottles have become collectors’ items for many, capturing the mood and spirit of the famous Churchill Downs track and Kentucky Derby race. If the Early Times Ready-to-Serve Cocktail is not available from your local retailer, you can make your own with this time-honored recipe:

The Early Times Mint Julep Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Early Times Kentucky Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

The best times are enjoyed responsibly.
Early Times Distillery Co., Kentucky Whisky. 40 percent Alc. By Volume. Louisville, KY 2006.

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