Saturday Sips: Mint-Juleps and Fancy Hats—Happy Derby Day!

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My in-laws are in the horse-raising-and-racing business. It's a crazy, thrilling, and totally risky trade, but they absolutely love it. And I can understand why... The animals are stunning, the tracks are buzzing, and the races themselves are edge-of-your-seat exciting.

A few years ago we even joined my husband's family as VIPs at the Kentucky Derby. My in-laws are friends with a former winning jockey, and he invited us to Millionaire's Row to hobnob with the rich and famous and drink mint juleps from sunrise to sunset.

Now, I'm no bourbon drinker, but when at the Derby...

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I learned one lesson from that julep-sipping day: lots of crushed ice and plenty of mint are required for a delicious drink. Oh, and to enjoy it, you have to wear a giant hat. (Hey, I didn't make the rules!)

3 ounces Bourbon
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon water
3 Fresh Mint Sprigs
Crushed Ice

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Add sugar, water, and mint to a glass and gently muddle together. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add bourbon and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig. Enjoy! Happy Derby Day, friends!

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