Mint Julep Cocktail

Nothing says summer in the south like the Mint Julep. The first mention of the Mint Julep comes from an English travel writer who described the drink as something "taken by Virginias in the morning".

Far from just being breakfast food, today the drink has become a staple of summer fun. Still tied to its southern roots, over 100,000 Mint Juleps are served during the two days of the Kentucky Derby.

Though traditionally served in a silver mint julep cup, the drink is today most commonly served in a highball, Collins glass or an old-fashioned.

Single Drink:
4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz Kentucky bourbon whiskey
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp water

- Muddle mint leaves, sugar and water in a Collins glass
- Fill the glass with crushed ice and add bourbon
- Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig
- Serve with a straw