6 Most Exciting Traditions At The Kentucky Derby


1) Mint Juleps                                                                       (1 of 6)


1) Mint Juleps                                                                       (1 of 6)



The beginning of May means that the crazy April weather has come to a halt and we can finally start to enjoy a nice breeze, sunny weather, and flowers in bloom.

We can also look forward to, “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”… the annual Kentucky Derby horse race.

The Kentucky Derby is held in Louisville, Kentucky and along with the exciting horse race, the event has many other traditions that date back to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Mint Julep is the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

Making its roots almost a century ago, the tasty drinks are not just your basic beverage.

They require preparation; especially since an estimated 120,000 juleps will be sold in just a two-day time period.

Nearly 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktails are required, along with 1,000 lbs. of fresh mint and 60,000 lbs. of ice.

Now that’s a heavy load!

Curious what’s in a Mint Julep?

Well, it’s your lucky day; here is the recipe:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups