Except that the forecast is calling for rain and highs in the mid-40s on Saturday. This is neither good for BrewFest in Caras Park, nor for drinking anything meant to cool you down during a balmy day at the races. Of course, the only thing weather-related that you can count on in Montana is that the forecast is usually wrong and if it's not, then the weather will change in 30 minutes and thus be wrong.....so we'll see how it all plays out. Meanwhile, even if you don't plan to get dolled up like this on Saturday:
A Drink for All Seasons," where you'll find the following recipe:
½ oz. superfine sugar
1 oz. hot water
8 mint leaves, plus one mint sprig
2 oz. bourbon
Dissolve the sugar in the water in an old-fashioned glass (or julep cup, of course). Add the mint leaves and press them lightly with a spoon — you want to seduce the oil from the mint leaves, not beat it out of them. Add the bourbon, fill the glass with cracked ice, and stir. Plant the mint sprig in the ice alongside a short straw, and serve.
Yield: 1 serving