It’s the first jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby. And, while the on- and off-field stars change from year to year, the starring beverage remains the same: the mint julep. If you’re making them at home:
• Start with a simple syrup (2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, dissolved, boiled and reduced by half).
• Add bruised mint to the syrup, then strain.
• Mix 2 teaspoons of mint syrup and 2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon.
• Pour over a cup packed with shaved or crushed ice.
Then, you’ll be off to the races on the first Saturday in May.