It’s the ultimate derby drink: the Mint Julep.
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Kentucky bourbon whiskey
Silver julep cups
1. Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a glass container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, and gently crush the mint with a wooden spoon. Refrigerate overnight.
2. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding two tablespoons of mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup.
3. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.