In the base of cocktail shaker muddle mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters
Add ice and rum and shake until cold
Strain into a champagne coupe and top with sparkling wine
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.
Originating in Italy, the classic Bellini is made with white peach puree and Prosecco. Many people now substitute other dry sparkling wines in the bellini recipe. Initially this drink was served only during summertime when peaches were in season. Now it's a brunch favorite throughout the year. If you're making your own peach puree opt for white peaches whenever possible for the best flavor.
Some believe the Gimlet cocktail was named after a British Royal Navy doctor that may have served this to his crew in order to ward off scurvy. The lime juice and gin combination makes a classically refreshing cocktail served up or down over ice, it always delights.