DERBY WEEKEND… SQUEEEEE. Ya’ll know what that means… FLAIR! Parties, fancy summer dresses, ridiculous HATS, spectacular / bourbon-flavored / fried / #superfatteningfoodthatgoesstraighttomyass / uh, great food… and Mint Juleps!
It’s a great excuse to fancy it up on all fronts, including at one’s personal diabetic bar. So I got fancy this weekend in honor of the Kentucky Derby, and in honor of Justify, who looked like he was on steroids and in honor of Mr. Dollar-sign Bob Baffert winning with another horse AGAIN (dude seriously… haven’t you won enough? there are some starving type 1 diabetics out there who could use some free CGMs or something at least, you know?).
SUGAR FREE MINT JULEP WITH FLAIR (2 carbs)
- Bourbon (get the good shit – this drink is centered around bourbon so don’t fuck it up with a cheap replacement)
- Stevia mint simple syrup
- Crushed ice (again, the ice made the drink so definitely try to stick to crushed ice for this recipe… and this time I went to Sonic and got a bag for $2 – less pretentious than Whole Foods and plenty of ice for everyone)
- Fresh mint
- Seltzer water (recommended for those who aren’t a fan of straight up bourbon)
- Other types of fruit to muddle in that pair well with bourbon, such as blackberries and pomegranate
- Prepare your Stevia mint simple syrup about 1 day in advance of drink mixing (not required but recommended for better taste and so it’s cold). To make enough to serve about 12-15 drinks, I recommend the following steps:
- Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Stevia crystals (use between 1/4 cup and 1/3 cup depending on level of sweetness you’re aiming for) into 2 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved.
- Add a nice full cup of fresh mint leaves to boiling mixture and allow to continue boiling for approximately 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour mixture into container to cool using a sieve to strain out mint leaves, but before discarding press mint leaves down into the sieve to get all the last flavor/juice out.
- This stuff will keep for a while (~2 weeks) if you store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
- Fill a medium-sized fancy glass with crushed ice
- Add 2 oz bourbon
- Add 1.5 oz Stevia mint simple syrup
- Add about 1/4 cup of seltzer water if you don’t want a straight shot of sweet bourbon
- Garnish with a fresh mint sprig
- Optional: muddle in some fresh blackberries or pomegranate seeds, and/or add a couple of lime slices for added flavor
- Optional: add flair with sparkly straws or other over-the-top decorations