Cheers! Learn a thing or 2 about the mint julep

Fun fact: Churchill Downs sells more than 120,000 mint juleps during race weekend

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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.


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