What do you think of when you hear the words “Kentucky Derby?”
The iconic horse race is set for Saturday, so we have to ask.
Anyway: Do you, by chance, think of horses, Churchill Downs, big hats, betting and mint juleps? We sure do.
An estimated 120,000 mint juleps are served every year at Churchill Downs over a two-day period that includes at the Kentucky Oaks race. The julep has even become the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.
There’s even a National Mint Julep Day: May 30 annually.
So, what is a mint julep, anyway? How did it get so popular? Let’s dive into those questions and more.
What's in a mint julep?
A mint julep is a mixed cocktail with four main ingredients: bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint and crushed ice. The type of mint can vary, but spearmint is the popular choice.