Downtown's hottest historical haunt, The Jury Room, has been serving up a reputable drink menu since its doors opened early this year. Here are some new libations you should stop by and try.

Downtown's hottest historical haunt, The Jury Room, has been serving up a reputable drink menu since its doors opened early this year. The mix masters behind the bar completely overhauled the offerings once warm weather hit, giving patrons more than a dozen new libations to enjoy during the summer months (the excellent Mound Street Mule is still available). Here are some you should stop by and try.

Mint Julep

The recipe: Bulleit bourbon, simple syrup, mint, ice

The verdict: By following the classic recipe to a T, this good ol' Kentucky boy is the quintessential bourbon cocktail for summer sipping - bourbon never tasted so refreshing, and now every day can be as fun as Derby Day. The Mound Street Mule has a tough new competitor for No. 1 in my heart.

What's the Dill

The recipe: Tanqueray gin, simple syrup, lemon, dill

The verdict: Served with a lemon twist and sprigs of fresh dill, this potent concoction is like a martini for people who love big, bold flavors. It has just the right amount of herb aroma and citrus zest bouncing off the gin.

Miss Scarlet

The recipe: Bulliet bourbon, simple syrup, fresh lemon, Chambord, ginger ale.

The verdict: One of the sweetest and most brightly colored drinks on the menu, this option would please those who don't normally enjoy bourbon. Be careful: There's alcohol in there, even if you don't really taste it.

(Ramos) Gin Fizz

The recipe: Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, egg white and a cherry.

The verdict: I highly recommend ordering the Ramos version that uses egg whites instead of sour mix for this classic cocktail. The tart sweetness and frothy head in this take on the New Orleans staple definitely says, "laissez les bons temps rouler" - let the good times roll.

Pimm's Cup

The recipe: Smirnoff citrus, Pimm's No. 1, lemonade, 7UP, fresh cucumber and lemon

The verdict: This modern twist on the traditional recipe is bigger - it's served in a pint glass - and is easily sippable. It's very different from the classic drink, but Jury Room's Pimm's Cup + patio = summer bliss.