There are many, many things that I love about Brooklyn, but since I’d like to keep my word count on the shorter end, I won’t list them all. For now, I’ll just focus on one of my loves - it seems no matter how long you’ve lived in this fair borough of New York City, no matter what neighborhood you end up exploring, there are always hidden gems to be found.
Take, for example, my neighborhood of Kensington – yes, just like the one in London. Most people don’t realize that we have a full-fledged horse stable just a hop, trot and a jump away from Prospect Park. The stable has been in full operation at its current location since 1930, but has been a part of the neighborhood since 1917!
Incredible isn’t it? In fact, there used to be stables all over Brooklyn at one point, but alas, the mode of transportation moved towards buses, subways and cars, and the stables eventually faded away.
I love this little gem hidden away in my neighborhood and there’s something fun about walking down the street and seeing the horses hanging out for a grooming or getting ready for a ride in the park.
Now, the last time I got up close and personal with a horse, I was probably 5 or 6 years old. I generally prefer to enjoy their beauty from the street or maybe the television screen. For me, I always associate horses with my Brooklyn stable, but I know the rest of you might be thinking of the Kentucky Derby.
The truth is though, like most sporting events, it’s never about the actual sport, but the food or drink involved for me. So when Derby Day comes around, my mind goes to the Mint Julep!
The Julep really is the perfect spring and summer cocktail. It’s refreshing and sippable on a hot day, with the mint cooling you down and just a touch of sweetness. The drink really is perfect on its own, but it can always use a little improvement, or at least a springtime touch!
The Derby is in the heart of spring after all! So now when all those rhubarb stalks are calling your name, you have an option beyond pie. Just break it down into an easy simple syrup and mash it with sweet fresh strawberries, mint and plenty of crushed ice for your strawberry rhubarb julep.
For the Rhubarb Simple Syrup:
For the Julep:
To Make the Simple Syrup:
To Make the Cocktail: