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Mint Julep

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A trip to the Kentucky Derby wouldn’t be complete without sipping on the official drink of the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports – aka the Mint Julep.</p>
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The concoction of four ingredients (bourbon, mint, sugar and water) has been a first-Saturday-in-May tradition since 1938. Churchill Downs staff is almost as busy pouring the cocktails as they are placing bets on Derby Day.  In fact, more than 120,000 Mint Juleps are served every year during the weekend of the Run for the Roses.</p>
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The Mint Julep originated in the southern United States during the 18<sup>th</sup> century, and it was Kentucky’s Henry Clay who introduced the drink to Washington, D.C., at the famous Willard Hotel while living in the city as a U.S. senator.</p>
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In addition to being available at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, one of the other places to get a Mint Julep is at Louisville bar, The Silver Dollar. They even serve it in style… in a silver julep cup.</p>
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Wanna play bartender yourself? Here’s all you need:</p>
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<strong>Mint Julep:</strong></p>
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2 cups sugar</p>
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2 cups water</p>
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Sprigs of fresh mint</p>
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Crushed ice</p>
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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey</p>
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Silver Julep Cups</p>
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Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one Julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.</p>
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Learn more about the history of the Mint Julep, places to try the Derby City’s famous creation and much more on our Lookin’ at Lou Podcast: <a href="http://lou.ly/283" target="_blank">http://lou.ly/283</a></p>

2020 Derby

Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2020
  • DAYS
    394
  • HRS
    01
  • MIN
    16
  • SEC
    34