Kentucky Derby Watch 2011: Mint Julep Madness

By: Mark Levine

Don't put away your big hats just yet -- The Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend and is sure to draw out plenty unique toppers. In honor of the race, we're serving up our best mint julep recipes. Don't worry, there's still plenty of time to do a taste test and find your favorite.

On Saturday, May 7th, the 137th Annual Kentucky Derby will run it's course at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.  Whether you're hitting or hosting a Derby Party, this prestigious event is a great excuse to get your afternoon Mint Julep on.

Emeril has some dark horse ideas for your Kentucky Derby Party but let's start with his Classic Mint Julep.

Emeril Lagasse's Classic Mint Julep Recipe

If you are a purist, you'll need to pick up some of these for you and your guests:

If you are less bound to tradition, Emeril's elegant Frozen Mint Julep Recipe = Winning!

Frozen Mint Julep Recipe, Emeril Lagasse

If you're an organized party thrower, Michael Chiarello's Infused Mint Juleps are pretty special:

Michael Chiarello's Mint Julep Recipe, Kentucky Derby Party, CookingChannelTV.com

Why should cocktails have all the fun?  Check out Emeril's spiked Mint Julep Sorbet Recipe:

Spiked Mint Julep Sorbet Recipe, Emeril Lagasse

(Chef Lagasse also has a pretty mean, spiked Mint Julep Ice Cream Recipe.)

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