We love any occasion that calls for a specific drink to celebrate. You don’t just want a cocktail, it’s a defining element. Like, the event is somehow lesser without it. There’s a history behind it. There’s a reason. We’re allowed. The julep has been filling frosty silver mugs during the Kentucky Derby since the late 1800s, perhaps as a way to lubricate an otherwise reticent gambler. But gambler or not, we’ll bet this refreshing, boozy, ice-cold beverage will knock your socks off. Sip slowly and enjoy the buzz.
Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a 12-ounce glass until the mint is pretty demolished. Pour in the bourbon. Fill the glass two-thirds full with crushed ice and stir gently. Pop the mint sprigs in the drink.