The “official” drink of the Kentucky Derby is, you guessed it, the Mint Julep.
The original (surprisingly stiff) concoction called for four ounces of liquor, often rum or French cognac, with mint and sugar dumped over ice – wowza! Serve your friends a few of those and you may find your patrons asleep before the “Run for the Roses.”
Try this recipe, I guarantee the Mint Julep is one of the most delicious drinks (when made properly!):
Place 5 or 6 leaves of mint in the bottom of a pre-chilled, dry 12-ounce glass or silver beaker.
Add sugar and crush slightly with a muddler. Pack glass with finely cracked ice.
Pour a generous 3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon over the ice. Stir briskly until the glass frosts. Add more ice and stir again before serving.
Stick a few sprigs of mint into the ice so that the partaker will get the aroma.
(Recipe courtesy of http://www.esquire.com/drinks/mint-julep-drink-recipe)
For the straight shooters in the group, set up a bourbon bar like this one: