The Edible Bracket 2011

Last year's winners of the MNCAAPG Best Bracket contest are back. This March Madness season, we will be documenting foods associated with the competing schools. Consider it March Madness, Top Chef Edition.

University of Kentucky Wildcats (Lexington, KY): “Original Kentucky” Mint Juleps

kentucky mint juleps

Mint Juleps are associated with the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky’s most famous sporting event (when the Wildcats aren’t playing, obviously).  We made our mint juleps using the recipe we found in Mark Kurlansky’s The Food of a Younger Land:

"Original Kentucky" Mint Julep
from Frankfort Distilleries

12 sprigs fresh mint in bowl, covered with powdered sugar and just enough water to dissolve the sugar, and crush with wooden pestle.  Place half the crushed mint and liquid in the bottom of a crackled glass tumbler, or in a sterling silver or pewter tankard.  Fill glass half full of finely crushed ice.  Add rest of crushed mint and fill remainder of glass with crushed ice.  Pour in (trade name omitted) whiskey until glass is brimming.