Chadwick Boyd's Watermelon Derby Juleps Recipe
While Derby Day signals that spring has fully arrived, in the balmy South it's more like an unofficial kick-off to summer. By the time early May rolls around, the mercury has already been on the rise for months—and we're certainly feeling it. To help combat even the most unrelenting scorchers, Chadwick Boyd of Lovely & Delicious Enterprises, Inc. has created a modern summer twist on a classic Mint Julep. He uses granite-style frozen fresh watermelon instead of shaved iced in addition to can sugar, lime, fresh mint, Maldon salt, and (of course) plenty of bourbon. Don't worry, this cocktail is as heavy on the bourbon as you want and expect with a julep. You're going to love the refreshing, summer taste of it too. Serve it in your favorite highball glass or stick with tradition and serve it in Julep cups—we don't think your guests will care one way or another as long as there's enough of this delicious cocktail to go around. Just don't forget to top each cocktail with a spring of mint. Add these Watermelon Derby Juleps to your Derby menu or any spring or summer event for a surefire crowd pleaser.