the perfect mint julep
No Kentucky-themed party is complete without sweet, spicy, barrel-aged bourbon. Whether you’re a lucky collector of Pappy Van Winkle or prefer the trusty Maker’s Mark, arm yourself with a few bottles of your favorite brand plus simple syrup, distilled water, and sprigs of mint leaf in order to create the race’s official cocktail - the always-refreshing mint julep. This recipe
by NYC bartender Eben Freeman is a perfect balance of spirit and sweetness. Serve the drink on crushed ice in silver or pewter julep cups or in 10 oz. highball glassware.