My sense is this: there are circles in which this weekend's Kentucky Derby is a big deal. For some it is a chance to witness the finest thoroughbreds compete. For others it is an excuse to gather around the television with friends and shout at the screen and scarf down nachos. For still others it is an opportunity to sink into spring and even start flirting around with summer by sipping Mint Juleps.
The first time I had a Mint Julep was quite recently. Sure, I'd had a mint leaf or two stuck in a random glass of whiskey, but that's hardly a cocktail in any meaningful sense. While I adore them - so refreshing, so sippable, so yummy - I do find it best to quite seriously limit myself to just the one Mint Julep on any given day. They are such boozy little things.
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*Mint photo courtesy of pbody; cocktail courtesy of Molly Watson.