My late Great Uncle was a Kentucky Colonel and a big fan of the Kentucky Derby. He would sometimes say in his thick Scottish brogue, "I always get tears in my eyes when they begin to play, 'My Old Kentucky Home.'"
So to honor Uncle Bob and to, let's face it, have a really good excuse to drink some mint juleps, the Sweet Pea family is having some close friends over to watch the Derby.
We'll be feasting on some wonderful southern fare and drinking SPH's famous mint juleps. But what about the Sweet Peas? They'll be drinking my new invention, the mint fool-up. Basically it is the same syrup you use for the julep, but mixed with club soda (because anything fizzy=more fun to drink).
1/4 c mint simple syrup (simmer 2 parts sugar to 1 part water with about 8-10 mint leaves)
1/2 c club soda
Mix well, garnish with a straw.