What do you think of when you hear the words Kentucky Derby?
If we had to guess, we'd imagine most people would say horses, obviously, or Churchill Downs, big hats, betting or the mint julep.
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 become the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.
We're not sure how exactly the day got chosen, but in the United States, where there's a day for everything, May 30 is National Mint Julep Day.
So, what is a mint julep, anyway? How did it get so popular?
Let’s delve 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.