With the 135th Kentucky Derby being run today, there’s really only one choice for what to drink: A Mint Julep. The Julep brings to mind old Southern days of relaxing on the veranda, but has become as synonymous with the Derby as roses.
The Julep is potent drink (it’s essentially all bourbon) but is meant to be cold and drank slowly – you know, on that hot veranda.
You really only need a couple of ingredients: mint, bourbon, sugar, and ice.
Add 4-6 mint leaves to the bottom of your glass*
Add ½ oz of simple syrup**
Lightly muddle the mint into the simple syrup
Add 3 oz. bourbon
Add crushed ice to top of glass
Use a bar-spoon to stir until the contents are really cold
Garnish with mint sprig.
Put your feet up, relax and enjoy the Derby.
* there are special julep-cups. I don’t have one, which seems like an egregious home-bar oversight on my part.
** you can use 1 tsp powered sugar, but I don’t like the texture.