Created in Louisville, Kentucky in 1881, the Old-Fashioned found its spiritual home at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City. Cognac, warm and aromatically spiced, a dash of bitters and sweet syrup all blend perfectly to make up this legendary cocktail.
While Mint Juleps will always have a strong association with Derby Day, it's perfectly acceptable to enjoy them throughout the year. Mint was first added to alcohol in London around 1800; the idea eventually found its way to the American south where it was added to bourbon, the rest was history. This simple cocktail with fresh mint over crushed ice creates a drink guaranteed to refresh.