Friday at Five

Gentleman, it’s Friday, it’s five, it’s Friday at Five—the part of the show where we offer you a guide to your weekend. Every week we’ll provide a post at 5:00 that is designed to help you start your weekend off right. It will consist of at least three things, not necessarily in the following order: (1) a drink of the week, (2) “can’t miss” events that you might be interested in, usually some sort of sporting event, and (3) some random ideas of fun things we think you just might want to try over the weekend. Let’s get the party started:

This week let’s start with the can’t miss events, as it’s a pretty big weekend, at least if your around our neck of the woods:

NBA: First round playoffs games continue through the weekend. Watch at least one of these games—or maybe at least one quarter—so that come Monday you won’t look like an idiot around the water cooler. Let’s be honest though, it’s the NBA, it’s the first round, and it’s following a shortened season that not too many people have cared too much about. Don’t waste your weekend worrying about the NBA.  MLB: Dodgers at Cubs or Cincinnati at Pittsburgh.

Soccer: Chelsea battles Liverpool in the FA Cup Final. If you have a sports package that will air this match, watch it. If you don’t, find a place that does and watch it.

Most importantly, though, this weekend is all about the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Not only is the Run for the Roses “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” but it’s the best (if not only) excuse you’ll ever have to wear your seer-sucker suit with pastel tie while complimenting your significant other’s ‘fascinator’ without standing out in the crown. Seriously though, don’t wear a seer-sucker suit and don’t let your significant other wear a fascinator. Don’t.

What you should do, however, is partake in one of the better Kentucky Derby traditions around . . . the Mint Julep. Which brings us to the Drink of the Week. Pay attention here. It’s Friday, the derby is Saturday. You will most definitely want to have a properly made Mint Julep or two while you (without admitting it) enjoy keeping tabs on which celebrities made the trip to Louisville, KY, and whose suit or dress they are wearing to the grandiose event. But if you want to enjoy such a classic Derby beverage as this, you might want to start today. Here’s the official Derby Mint Julep recipe:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Kentucky Bourbon

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Notice you need to start this recipe tonight so it can be refridgerated over the weekend and ready for you Monday morning. (These are not your momma’s Mint Juleps.) So give it a go, share them with those around you, and enjoy the race!

Lastly, a couple suggestions to pass the weekend by. If it’s nice weather where you’re at, go outside. Take a walk, clean off your back porch, push your kid on the swing set, go kayaking, complete (or start) those projects around the house that you’ve been putting off for a year. Whatever you do, don’t get caught up in the mundane, but explore the city around you.

If not, well then I guess you can watch more than a quarter of the NBA games mentioned above.

Tell us what your plans are for the weekend. Do you have a better Mint Julep recipe? If so, tell us in the comments section how you tweak them just the way you like them. Most importantly, enjoy your weekend!

Slainte Mhath.

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One Comment on “Friday at Five”

  1. Bubba Bullock
    May 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I’ve never made a Mint Julep that way before Burlew. I’ll have to give it a go. Personally, I make it the way my alcoholic great uncle did. Mix up simple syrup, bruise some fresh mint (just put it in your hand and smack it), put the mint in the bottom of a glass (or silver cup if you own such a thing) and use one cube of ice to spread the mint around. In a separate container mix together the bourbon and syrup (always a touch more bourbon than syrup), and pour over crushed ice in the original cup. Drink and repeat (daily for Uncle John).

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