Mint Julep

 WOLLERTZ/SHUTTERSTOCK

WOLLERTZ/SHUTTERSTOCK

Nothing pairs better with ridiculous hats and gambling than a frosty mug of bourbon, which is why this drink ended up as the official beverage of the Kentucky Derby. The cool crushed ice and refreshing mint make this a surprisingly efficient heat quencher, even though it's mostly bourbon. If you can't find pre-crushed ice, it's worth it to smash some up with a mallet and a plastic bag, which incidentally can help blow off steam if you find yourself on the losing end of a literal or proverbial horserace.

  • 5 mint sprigs
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2.5 ounces bourbon

 
Muddle the mint with the syrup until it has released it’s minty goodness in the bottom of a tall glass, add bourbon, fill glass with crushed ice, and stir until the glass becomes frosty.

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