There’s some sort of horse race happening this Saturday, which means it’s time for fancy hats and lots and lots of bourbon. The mint julep is the classic Derby Day cocktail, and we’ve got three simple variations for you. Use a good bourbon in these guys, as it’s the star ingredient; we like Buffalo Trace.
For two of these cocktails, crushed ice is key. But if your freezer doesn’t have a built-in ice crusher, or you don’t have a powerful blender, don’t worry; it’s simple. Take a clean kitchen towel. Fill it with ice. Whack repeatedly with a hammer, a mallet—whatever you have on hand. Making drinks for a party? Let everyone take a few whacks.
Easy: Spiked Sweet Tea