A recipe for a perfect mint julep

| February 17, 2011

I love Martha Stewart.

She came here years ago, before she was famous, to speak at the Jewish Hospital Guild luncheon in her honor, held a week before Easter during Passover.

The ladies learned how to make a bunny-shaped cake, dye Easter eggs, etc., as I prayed for her to give Jewish holiday recipes and decor.

Checking on information on the guild this week, I spoke with Phyllis Shaikun who said that Martha recently gave the best brisket recipe for Passover on her TV show, demonstrated by famous chef Arthur Schwartz.

The luncheon menu was perfect, everyone was polite and Martha gave me a nice interview after lunch.

Now Martha has gone out in left field again with her so-called “Kentucky Mint Juleps” she made last week on her show.

Muddling the mint in a wet silver julep cup, adding two cups of Maker’s Mark whiskey (Bill Samuels, Maker’s Mark CEO has appeared many times on her show) plopping in crushed ice, holding the cup in her hot little hands and taking a big sip.

“The Mint Julep is the official Derby drink at Churchill Downs,” she said, taking a sip that had a touch of brandy thrown in.

Real Mint Julep Recipe

Mint JulepCut this recipe out and store it in your bar with all your julep cups.

The day before the party, combine four cups of water and two cups sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, add four cups chopped mint leaves and simmer 30 minutes. Polish your silver julep cups and put them in the freezer.

Let syrup stand at room temperature overnight.

The day of the party, wearing cotton gloves, crush ice cubes in a cloth bag with a mallet and put ice into a big strainer.

Fill cups with crushed ice and pour mint syrup and bourbon into the cups, leaving a short straw inserted.

Wrap paper napkins around the bottom of the cups and put back into the freezer on a tray leaving a tiny hole in the ice for fresh mint garnish.

Have a waiter wearing cotton gloves to present to Derby guests “untouched by human hands.”

If you have help at the party, buy them some cotton gloves to serve the juleps while frosty, beautiful to look at and a joy to drink!

A nice touch to a Derby breakfast is giving guests Racing Forms and tip sheets to take to the track. When they buy a souvenir glass printed with former Derby winners at the track and take a sip of the track’s juleps, they will praise you for your juleps!

Comin’ Up Roses

Here are some tips for keeping your Valentine’s roses blooming for weeks.

  1. Buy roses at florist or grocery store and cut stems,  UNDER WATER to desired length for arrangements in vases.
  2. Take off leaves and thorns.
  3. Fill a basin with water, ginger ale, Coca-Cola or other soft drinks made with sugar, a tiny splash of Chlorox or other bleach to stop stems from forming fungi.
  4. Let flowers soak immersed lying flat for several hours.
  5. Fill vases or bowls with flowers and the liquid, and keep changing the water every other day.
  6. The flowers will grow! The larger roses in these pictures are 13 days old.

“˜Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses!’

I watched my idol Bill Murray the “Clown Prince” of the annual Pro-Am golf tournament at spectacular Pebble Beach golf course in San Francisco who amused me all weekend, messing old ladies’ gray hair, going to sleep in sand traps.

One year Jack Lemmon’s ball landed on the face of a cliff just out of reach. If he recovered it and dropped, he would lose two strokes for a “lost ball,” and he had to go all the way back (stroke plus distance).

Bill Murray rounded up Clint Eastwood, Jack and another movie star to form a “human chain” with Jack Lemmon dangling at the end of it near enough to retrieve the ball.

Years later, this Sunday, Bill Murray and his partner “from Illinois,” D.A. Points, defeated all other players, and Bill’s name was engraved to be seen forever on the wall below the first tee.

If you’re wondering why “Miz Blodgett” is writing all this – I met Bill Murray at a Derby party years ago with one the Bingham daughters at Cy and Wig McKinnon’s home Derby night, where I was standing at the front door.

Eleanor Bingham called out, “Lucie, this is Bill Murray” (he was here filming a movie). I asked him what party he played.

“I’m the tall white guy in the middle,” he grinned.

I had seen all his movies, loving every minute.

TV cameras showed his joyful face up close as he took off his crazy golf hat and threw it to the winds.

“D.A. is a serious, nice, polite and great golfer,” Bill said. “He holed out a 100-yard shot to the 14th green. I hope he will come back and play with me next year.”

Flowers from Whole Foods before adding ginger ale, flower food and a drop of bleach.

Flowers from Whole Foods before adding ginger ale, flower food and a drop of bleach.

Flowers from Kroger, 13-days-old, with blossoms as big as oranges after adding plant food, ginger ale and one drop of bleach and placing them in a cool part of the house.

Flowers from Kroger, 13-days-old, with blossoms as big as oranges after adding plant food, ginger ale and one drop of bleach and placing them in a cool part of the house.

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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