This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby with a few of my best friends. We were thrilled by the atmosphere, people watching & of course getting to watch the now Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh!
If you visit, all you need to know is the last few words:
½ oz. superfine sugar
1 oz. hot water
8 mint leaves, plus one mint sprig
2 oz. bourbon
Dissolve the sugar in the water in an old-fashioned glass (or julep cup, of course). Add the mint leaves and press them lightly with a spoon — you want to seduce the oil from the mint leaves, not beat it out of them. Add the bourbon, fill the glass with cracked ice, and stir. Plant the mint sprig in the ice alongside a short straw, and serve.