Mint Juleps are almost as iconic as big hats when it comes to representing the Kentucky Derby, and for those of us who won’t be attending the races tomorrow, the first is a much more fitting way to celebrate in NYC. Traditionally served in a sterling or pewter julep cup, a collins glass is the best alternative if you care less about Kentucky authenticity and more about WASPy activities involving day-drinking and tea sandwiches—(this Yankee is guilty as charged). So head out to your balcony/courtyard/backyard/nearest park and enjoy a refreshing mint julep tomorrow, and please, do not mix with tequila, corona, or tortilla chips. Happy Derby Day!
Makes 1 Drink
8 mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1 tablespoon sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)
1 1/2 ounces water
3 ounces Bourbon (Such as Maker’s Mark or Knob Creek)
In a julep cup or collins glass, muddle mint and sugar until leaves are very crushed. Add water and bourbon and stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with plenty of crushed ice, and garnish with sprigs of mint. Enjoy!