Celebrity Diners Club

Kentucky Derby: Try This Mint Julep Recipe ... with a Spicy Twist

UPDATED 05/04/2013 at 01:00 PM EDT Originally published 05/02/2013 at 12:30 PM EDT

Kentucky Derby: Try This Mint Julep Recipe by Top Chef's Edward Lee
Grant Cornett. Inset:Scott McDermott/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty
Wondering what to serve at your Kentucky Derby party this weekend?

Let Edward Lee, one of Louisville, Ky.'s celebrity chefs, help you out.

The former Top Chef contestant (he made it to the top five in season 9) and brand new dad – his daughter Arden Rose Lee was born on April 29 – shares his special version of the quintessential cocktail typically served at the premiere horse race.

"To be honest, most juleps I've had are overly sweet, cloying, and hard to finish," Lee tells PEOPLE. "This julep is my twist: minty and verdant, with a kick of spice at the end that makes you want another sip."



Just be sure to save some for your guests.

Jalapeño-Spiked Bourbon Julep

Makes 1

Ingredients
4 to 6 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 oz. jalapeño simple syrup (recipe follows)
Crushed ice
2½ oz. bourbon
Splash of club soda
A jalapeño slice for garnish


Steps
Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup, add the simple syrup, and gently bruise the leaves with a wooden muddler or a wooden spoon.

Add enough crushed ice to fill the cup almost two-thirds of the way.

Add the bourbon and stir gently, then fill the cup almost full with more crushed ice.

Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with the mint sprig and slice of jalapeño and serve immediately.

Jalapeño Simple Syrup

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 jalapeño peppers, chopped (seeds and all)


Steps
In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and peppers and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Turn off the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.

Strain the syrup and allow to cool. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Excerpted from Smoke & Pickles by Edward Lee.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters