The first appearance of a mint julep in print came in a book by John Davis published in London in 1803 but the origins are clouded. What is known is that it has been the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. This drink is refreshing on a hot day and warms you up on a cold day. The cocktail is served traditionally in a metal glass but you may use others.
2 1/4 oz. Burbon
1 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Water
4 sprigs Mint
Strip leaves from 2 sprigs of mint and mash with water and sugar in collins glass until sugar is dissolved.
Fill with shaved ice and pour in Burbon.
Stir until outside of glass is frosted.
Decorate with 2 sprigs of mint.
Serve with straws.