No regional drink is more beloved than the mint julep. Today the signature sipper is consumed by the hundred thousands at the Kentucky Derby, where it became the official race-day drink in 1938. But this year, don’t wait for May 5 to roll around to indulge. We're celebrating Mint Julep Month from April 5 to May 5 with Garden & Gun.
For the monthlong mint julep celebration, started in Louisville in 2013, Garden & Gun has teamed up with more than 150 bars and restaurants around the country to honor the historic cocktail with drink specials and events. Throughout the campaign, bartenders are challenged to use biodegradable straws rather than plastic ones, which contribute significantly to ocean pollution.
Eight Row Flint Julep, $10
Makers Mark 90, sherry cordial, mint.