I’m not a mixologist. But I’m passionate about recipes as I love the tradition following specific recipes from the past that are relevant today.
Whether you plan on going to the Kentucky Derby or watching it from home, this is a libation composed of bourbon, sugar, water, and mint.
This party in a glass dates back to 1816. Silver julep cups were given as prizes at Kentucky county fairs and before that, a “julep” was considered medicinal, “prescribed” for stomach problems and sore throats.
Fun autoimmune fact, mint helps to relieve some symptoms that impact your stomach.
Though mint juleps have likely been enjoyed at the Kentucky Derby since the beginning, Mental Floss listed that legend has it that founder Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., planted mint for cocktails when he founded the track in 1875—the cocktail wasn’t declared the “official” Derby drink until 1938.
Cheers to the past and to the upcoming Kentucky Derby 145!