Break out the bourbon and grab the most lavish hat you own. The
But when the starting gate opens Saturday, you can't drink just any cocktail. If you're following tradition, it must be a mint julep.
The simple cocktail, made with bourbon, simple syrup and mint over crushed ice, has been the signature drink at the famous horse race for years.
Here's a classic recipe for the mint julep from the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen: