Mint Juleps have been likened to air-conditioning in a glass. They’re perfect on a sweltering day and they conjure up images of lazy afternoons in the South, rocking chairs, covered porches and handheld paper fans.
And since the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, what better way to celebrate than with a dignified libation? I put a little Texas twist on this Mint Julep, though, with the addition of cilantro and dark rum instead of the traditional bourbon. It’s sweet, with a spicy twang, and after pairing one with a Lilly Pulitzer shift dress in her Just Add Mint print, I’m ready to bet the derby.