Okay, so the Kentucky Derby isn’t exactly a pagan holiday but it is a lot of fun! Horses have been loyal companions and workers for thousands of years all across Europe and the Middle East and in America for the last few hundred. But, let’s be honest, the day is really more about the hats and the drinks than the race (after all, it only lasts two minutes!)
Tuck a red rose in your hat in honor of the beautiful red rose bouquets presented to the winners and to attract a little love into your life. Or, present your significant other (or wished for significant other!) with a red rose for their hat.
Mint juleps are a Southern classic and the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. But, if you’re like me and bourbon isn’t exactly your favorite… try this rather more girly spin bursting with magick to promote healing, prosperity and love:
For the Mint Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 stems fresh mint (each has about 6-10 leaves on it)
For the Mint Sugar Garnish
1/4 cup sugar
2 stems mint, leaves plucked from the stalk
1 slice lemon
For Each Wintergreen
1 1/2 tablespoons mint simple syrup
1 tablespoon cold clear crème de menthe
Mint sugar for garnish
Mint leaf for garnish
Make mint simple syrup : put sugar, water, and mint in a saucepot, and bring to a boil, stirring so sugar dissolves. Shut off the heat, and allow syrup to come to room temperature. Remove the mint.
While syrup is cooling, make mint sugar by combining the sugar and fresh mint in a mini food processor. Blitz the two until completely combined into a mint-green sugar. Place the mint sugar on a salad plate.
Rub the slice of lemon around the rims of the champagne flutes. Dip the wet rims into the mint sugar. It should stick and form a sparkling crown on the glass.
Trying to avoid disturbing the sugared rim, pour 1 1/2 tablespoons mint simple syrup and 1 tablespoon clear crème de menthe into the each champagne flute. Top with champagne; be careful not to pour too quickly, or the fizz will ruin the sugar rim. Float a single mint leaf in each glass.