A cocktail, distinctive to the southern U.S., and well-known as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Keeping a Mint Julep cold while drinking it was the reason the drinking straw was invented.
The following is a sample recipe for one mint julep:
- Several to a few dozen mint leaves
- 3 to 5 oz. (90 to 150 mL) of Kentucky bourbon
- 1 tsp. (5 mL) of granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. (10 mL) of spring water
- Shaved or crushed ice
Place the sugar, the water, and most of the mint in a silver or pewter cup and stir, fill the glass with the ice, add the bourbon, garnish with the remaining leaves, and serve with or without a straw.
See also: List of cocktails