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Kentucky Derby: Mint Julep Party Supplies

Updated on April 27, 2018
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All You Need Is Some Mint, Some Sugar And A Bottle Of Maker's Mark

The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875 and over the years it's become one of the preeminent stakes races in the world.

The field is comprised of 3-year old thoroughbred horses and the two-week party leading up to the event attracts celebrities from all over the world.

If you know anything at all about horses and horse racing then you're already familiar with the grand traditions surrounding the Run for the Roses. Women attend in all their finery, topped off with outrageous, designer hats. Men wear tuxedos and top hats and tails.

The horses themselves are true works of art as they parade through the granstand and the winner receives a garland of 554 red roses.

The celebration is marked with marching bands and all the pageantry accorded royalty.

But no tradition is more renowned than the icy-cold Mint Julep!

Don't forget the sprig of mint!
Don't forget the sprig of mint! | Source

How to Make a Mint Julep: Beaumont Inn, Kentucky

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Prep time: 2 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Maker's Mark
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Fresh Spearmint leaves
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

  1. To make Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water and bring to a boil. Stir to completely dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Allow to cool before using in Mint Juleps.
  2. Directions for Mint Julep
  3. Place small amount of crushed ice in bottom of glass and add 5 or 6 Spearmint leaves.
  4. Gently muddle leaves into the ice to release the essential oils.
  5. Add additional is until glass is half full.
  6. Add 2 ounces of Maker's Mark and 1 ounce of Simple Syrup.
  7. Garnish with fresh Spearmint leaves and a short straw.
  8. Note: A short straw is important. You're forced to bring your nose closer to the mint so you get the full aroma.
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Two's Company Mint Julep Cups in Gift Box

The Mint Julep has traditionally been served in a silver or pewter cup. You have to remember, the drink became popular in the South where Summers are long, hot and dry. The ice inside the cup causes frost on the outside of the metal and keeps the drink cooler, longer.

The drink was first promoted by Churchill Downs in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby in 1938 and now they serve these icy drinks in commemorative glasses.

If you want to serve the real thing at your Kentucky Derby Party, though, you're going to need some silver cups!

Wikipedia on Mint Juleps

Since 2006, Churchill Downs has also served extra-premium custom-made mint juleps at a cost of $1000 each at the Kentucky Derby. These mint juleps were served in gold-plated cups with silver straws, and were made from Woodford Reserve bourbon, mint imported from Ireland, spring water ice cubes from the Bavarian Alps, and sugar from Australia. The proceeds were used to support charitable causes dedicated to retired race horses.

I just gently bruise the mint with the muddler to release the flavor.

You can use this with other drinks like a mojito and to make pesto.

I've shared what I know, but if you want to be an expert on the Kentucky Derby mint julips, here's the book for you.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

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    • TimArends profile image

      Timothy Arends 

      3 years ago from Chicago Region

      The Kentucky Derby is a great tradition and there are a lot of great traditions associated with the Kentucky Derby. Your hub on mint julep certainly describes one of them!

    • JimHofman profile image

      JimHofman 

      5 years ago

      Count me in! Mint Juleps are terrific...we always serve them at our Derby parties. Nicely done lens...Cheers!

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      Now, wouldn't this be a fine drink for us Squidooers to all have at our next get together?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Count down clock, great ideal.

      Thanks Tipi.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I've never taken part in the renowned tradition of having a mint julep on Kentucky Derby day and wouldn't have thought they would be so easy to make, they sound simply refreshing and you have all the supplies here to make it a party! I wonder if you've considered a countdown clock here for the Kentucky Derby for those counting the days.

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