Just as Derby pie should be your go-to Derby dessert, there's only one drink to enjoy on the day of the Kentucky Derby: the mint julep. If you've never had the official beverage of the race, what are you waiting for? Don't waste another minute of your life without sipping this well-balanced and refreshing concoction. The classic recipe consists of mint, bourbon, and simple syrup, but this year I'm going to experiment with a variation that involves fresh-squeezed lime juice and fizzy club soda. To take a look at the recipe, read more.

Blanca Julep

Blanca Julep

Blanca Julep

Ingredients

8 mint leaves, plus 3 mint sprigs
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce chilled club soda
1 cup crushed ice
1 lime wedge

Directions

  1. In a highball glass, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice and Simple Syrup.
  2. Add the bourbon and club soda, then fill the glass with the crushed ice. Using a swizzle stick or bar spoon turned between both hands, swizzle for 10 seconds. Garnish with the mint sprigs and the lime wedge.

Serves 1.