Mint Juleps for Kentucky Derby Day

Mint juleps have their moment in the sun come Saturday, when people who don't normally muddle sugar and mint with bourbon will be doing just that (and looking for silver julep cups) in honor of the Kentucky Derby. This recipe from Gourmet actually simplifies the process...

We've read many different methods for making a mint julep. Some call for muddling mint and sugar in the glass, but Gourmet (and, for that matter, the official Kentucky Derby website) calls for making a mint-infused simple syrup that you can keep in the fridge.

With the flavored simple syrup, all you have to do is add it to a glass with some ice and bourbon and give it a stir—much less labor-intensive if you're serving a crowd.

Get the recipe: Mint Julep, from Gourmet

We do love the way a cold drink fogs up the outside of a silver cup with condensation. It's too late to order julep cups online, but you can usually find them at fine gift stores (that sell china or tableware), antique stores, and sometimes florists, who use them as bud vases.

Related: Summer Cocktail: Bourbon Mint Tea

(Image: Stephanie Foley for Gourmet)