What’s different this year?
Who are the horses to watch?
How in the world do I make a mint julep???
Mint juleps are a Kentucky Derby tradition, and you’ll probably see plenty onscreen on Derby day chilling in the traditional ice-filled silver cups. But you don’t have to be a mixologist (or in possession of fancy silver cups) to make this refreshing cocktail. The official International Bartender’s Association specifies the following ingredients and instructions:
• 2 oz. bourbon (Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Derby, but any Kentucky bourbon will do!)
• 4 mint leaves
• 1 tsp powdered sugar
• 2 tsp water
Muddle the mint, sugar, and water in a highball glass. Fill the glass with cracked ice, add the bourbon, and stir until the glass is well-frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.