Thursday, April 30, 2009

Party Planning for Kentucky Derby Party

Giddy Up for a Kentucky Derby Party! May 2, 2009

The 135th Kentucky Derby is on the way! Polish up your Mint Julep Making Skills, Make some Mint Julep Cupcakes, Marinate the Shrimp, and get ready ya'll!
Mint Julep: A Kentucky Derby MUST HAVE! You can't celebrate the Derby without these!!

Southern Living
Mint Julep Recipe
1 serving
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tablespoon Mint Syrup (Recipe below)
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Mint Syrup Recipe
2 3/4 cups
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh mint
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Tie mint in a cheesecloth bag, and place in a saucepan. Add sugar and 2 cups water; bring mixture to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat; cover and let cool. Remove and discard cheesecloth bag.

Mint Julep Cupcakes

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
4 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Jack Daniels (or other whiskey/bourbon)
1/2 cup Creme de Menthe
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mint extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter

1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and grease or line 36 cupcake cups.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the extracts, salt, baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups of the flour.
3. Add the milk and liquors to the batter, then the rest of the flour. Mix as little as possible, just until the batter comes together.
4. Divide evenly (I use an ice-cream scoop) among the cupcake cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.
5. To make the icing, combine the powdered sugar, salt, extracts and melted butter. (I think this works best with a stand mixer with the whip attachment or a hand-held mixer.) Add milk very slowly until the texture is right for piping.
6. When the cupcakes are completely cook, pipe or spread the icing on top and enjoy!