Mint Juleps

The quintessential Derby drink is a potent mix of bourbon, sugar, and mint.

mint julep
Spring! That means the Kentucky Derby (this Saturday) and the Mint Julep–the rare convergence of sports and an extremely elegant libation. The drink is so refreshing, so potent that you might want to throw a julep party this weekend. Proper is the point, so do it the traditional way.

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Mint Pesto

This mint pesto is salty and bright with a mint flavor that’s tempered to just the perfect amount so it doesn’t overpower whatever it’s used on.  You can toss it with pasta and veggies, spread it on sliced baguette with goat cheese, or use it as a fresh dipping sauce for grilled meats and it’s especially delicious on roasted lamb.

Since pesto is a “raw” sauce, the flavor of the olive oil is crucial to its success. Use the best first-cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil you can comfortably afford.

mint pesto

makes 2/3 cup

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Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Salad tomato and watermelon

Yellow tomatoes are a great choice for this dish because they are so visually striking against the dark pink of the watermelon. The combination of flavors and textures in this cooling salad is superb.

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