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I realize that Mint Juleps are THE drink to have at the Kentucky Derby, but I’m not gonna lie. I hate them. I made my Mint Julep mistake while visiting New Orleans – my husband and I were at Pat O’Brien’s and I ordered a Mint Julep thinking, “Well, I like the ones at Disneyland!” That was dumb. The ones at Disneyland have no alcohol! I took one sip, slid that Mint Julep toward my husband (who already had a Hurricane!), and promptly ordered a glass of wine! So today, I’m throwing a Kentucky Derby party, but my Mint Juleps are in the form of donuts and I’m serving (you guessed it!) wine! The Mint Julep Donuts? Amazing! So much better than the drink itself! The baked donut is a vanilla base donut mixed with lemonade and mint extract and topped with a bourbon icing glaze! You can get the recipe below. And I stuck a horse on a donut because I couldn’t help myself!
- 1 cup flour, sifted
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup lemonade
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 Tb butter
- 1 tsp mint extract
- Bourbon Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 T bourbon
- 1 T milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 F.
- Next, cream your butter and granulated sugar in your stand mixer and mix on medium-low.
- Then add in 1 beaten egg.
- Next, add your lemonade, lemon juice, vanilla and mint extract.
- Then mix together your flour, baking powder, and salt and slowly add it into the mixture.
- Once everything is incorporated, add ¼ cup of batter to each greased well in your donut pan.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 F.
- While the donuts bake, whisk together all of the ingredients for the bourbon glaze.
- When the donuts are done baking, let them sit in the donut pan for 1 minute before removing, then allow them to cool.
- Once cool, drizzle with the bourbon glaze and garnish with a sprig of mint.
And the donuts go great with a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio! Donuts and wine – might be one of the top reasons to be an adult! I realize a glass of wine doesn’t need a stir stick, but they could be useful in different colors for guests to know who’s glass belongs to who. And they’re cute, so I couldn’t help myself. For my wall decor, I made a grass wall garland of “Talk Derby To Me” using papier mache letters and moss. And I painted some horse shoes for guests to take as favors to use as a lucky paperweight. I also set up a Decorate-Your-Own-Hat station with wide brimmed hats, sequins, and pom-poms so guests could make their own hat if they didn’t have one. But I also decorated some hats of my own and couldn’t figure out I liked using them for wall decor more than words. Which do you like better? And of course I set up some outdoor games, including a cornhole set, so guests could take their donut and wine out to the lawn and make a few friendly wagers on a game of corn hole. And if you’re hosting your own Kentucky Derby party or other party this summer, I recommend picking up a couple boxes of Black Box Wines. They are simply the easiest way to serve wine at a party. One box = four 750ml bottles and Black Box wines are eco-friendly, the bag and box are recyclable and significantly reduce waste versus 4 glass bottles. Plus, unlike a bottle of wine, Black Box Wines stay fresh for up to six weeks! But if you’re wary of Black Box Wines because you think wine from a box is not as good, then you should know that Black Box Wines have won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality and they are the winner of 29 Wine Enthusiast Best Buys. So if you’re worried that Black Box Wines (which are available for 40% less than comparable bottled wines) aren’t as good, think again! I use Black Box Wines for parties and we take 1 or 2 of the smaller boxes with us to the Hollywood Bowl or other outdoor ampitheaters during the summer because they’re lighter to carry, no corkscrew is needed, and we will never be that person who knocks the bottle of wine down the steps and everyone can hear it as it rolls. And be sure to click on their Simple Entertaining Social Hub for more great entertaining ideas for this summer!