2oz90+ proof BourbonOld Forester works well & is easy to find (though many MANY other bourbons will also work)
1ozLime juicefresh if possible
1+ozSimple Syrup*recipe below
Mint sprigs for garnishgo organic here if you can
Salt for the glass rim
Salt the rim of your glass: The easiest way to do this is to put some simple syrup on a small plate and dip the edge of the glass in that. And use a second plate for your salt and dip the edge of your glass in that after the simple syrup.
Combine in shaker over ice: - 2oz Bourbon - 1oz Lime juice - 1oz and a dash Simple Syrup
Vigorously shake for 10-20 seconds.
Strain into glass.
Garnish with a sprig of mint (remember, this is Cinco de Derby!) To get full aroma place the sprig in one hand and smack it firmly once before adding it to your glass.
Variations: 1) you CAN add mint to your margarita as well. Don't muddle it in but instead smack the mint and add it to your cocktail shaker. Proceed as described above. 2) If you need something faster, replace the lime and simple syrup with a high quality sour mix like the one from Stirrings.