Random TidBits

April 30, 2010

It's Friday which  means One King's Lane's designer tag sale is TOMORROW!.  Every Saturday, they have a different tastemaker selling wares. Think of it as shopping at the best tag sale ever while in your pjs.  onekingslane.com.

Preorder your copy of Apartment Therapy's first book on small places on Amazon.  They are in invaluable source to us space challenged folks.  Book drops May 7.

You'd have to live under a rock to not know that Saturday is Derby Day so thought I'd offer up my favorite Mint Julep recipe from the Lee Brother's first cookbook (and James Beard Cookbook of the year).

It's ingenious because making those suckers takes a bit and who wants to get stuck playing the role of bartender when you can be mingling and placing bets?  The Lee Brothers solve the problem with their recipe for  a  Pitcher of those yummy concoctions.  Their secret to serve a clamoring crowd?  Mint simple syrup to use in the following recipe. Here goes:
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves
Combine the ingredients in saucepan over low flame, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Press the mint leaves against the sugar on the bottom of the pan until the sugar as dissolved (about 2 min). Then turn off flame and let steep for 1/2 hr.

Now, on to make those drinks....

Pitcher of Mint Juleps (makes 1 Quart or 18 drinks):
1/2 cup Mint Simple Syrup
4 cups of Bourbon
18 springs of fresh mint
9 cups crushed or cracked ice
cold water or seltzer (optional)

1. In a two-quart pitcher, combine the Mint Simple Syrup and bourbon and stir with a long-handled spoon until thoroughly mixed. Add the stems of mint.

2. For each julep, put 1/2 cup of ice in an 8 oz julep cup and pour 2 ounces of the drink over it.  Garnish with spring of mint and if desired, add a splash of cold water or seltzer.

Here's to you, Uncle Fred!

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