Confession: After the hats, our second-favorite part of the Kentucky Derby is a well-appointed cocktail. (Sorry, horses running in circles.) If you and your hat are hosting a Derby party this weekend, here’s a mint julep recipe, courtesy of our friends at Minibar, to commit to memory. And if you’ll be a guest, look below it to find pretty julep cups you can bring as a hostess gift, which will make you more popular than Floating Chrome Pegasus Odyssey, or whoever the front-runner is.

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MINT JULEP

Serves 1

Ingredients

Mint leaves, plus more for garnish

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon water

2 ounces bourbon

Directions: Lightly muddle a few mint leaves with sugar and water in a julep cup. Fill cup with crushed ice and add bourbon. Garnish with mint and enjoy.

[Mint Julep Cup](http://www.crateandbarrel.com/mint-julep-cup/s685680) from Crate & Barrel, $19.95.
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Mint Julep Cup from Crate & Barrel, $19.95.

[Copper Mint Julep Cup](http://www.houzz.com/photos/15525875/Copper-Mint-Julep-Cup-traditional-cups-and-glassware) from Houzz, $17.95.
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Copper Mint Julep Cup from Houzz, $17.95 each.

[Sculpta Elegance Gold Finish Mint Julep Cup](http://www.thebowlcompany.com/products/Sculpta-Elegance-Gold-Finish-Mint-Julep-Cup/164234) from The Bowl Company, $25.
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Sculpta Elegance Gold-Finish Mint Julep Cup from the Bowl Company, $25.

[Hammered Nickel Mint Julep Cup](https://fancy.com/things/1028257767426628509/Hammered-Nickel-Mint-Julep-Cup) from Fancy, $18.95.
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Hammered-Nickel Mint Julep Cup from Fancy, $18.95.

[Old Dutch Copper Mint Julep Cups](http://www.hayneedle.com/product/old-dutch-12-oz-copper-mint-julep-cups-set-of-2.cfm) from Hayneedle, $30.02 for 2.
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Old Dutch Copper Mint Julep Cups from Hayneedle, $30.02 for 2.

[Alchemade Hammered Copper Mint Julep Cup](http://www.wayfair.com/Hammered-Copper-Mint-Julep-Cup-2412-ALCH1028.html) from Wayfair, $30.45.
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Alchemade Hammered-Copper Mint Julep Cup from Wayfair, $30.45.

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