District, the wine bar near 3rd and Townsend in SoMa, just opened a second location in Old Oakland that features not just wine but a 40-bottle whiskey list. And today, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby (yes, we also know it's the eve of Cinco de Mayo, but hopefully you all know how to make a margarita) we bring you District's twist on the classic mint julep, the Derby cocktail of choice.
This method comes from District's wine and beverage director, Caterina Mirabelli.
District's Mint Julep
3 oz. Buffalo Trace bourbon
1/4 oz. agave nectar
1 six-inch stem of fresh mint
Squeeze the mint leaves with your fingers into a glass to release the oil (no muddling, no bits of mint leaf should be released, just oil) and then pour into the same glass the bourbon and agave (use up to a 1/2 ounce for those who prefer a sweeter version of this drink). Add whole ice cubes and stir gently. To serve, strain the mixture over crushed ice in a separate glass and garnish with fresh mint.