People around the country gather around each year on May 30th for a glass of mint julep. Mint Julep is a refreshing southern classic and the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby. Made with bourbon, sugar, water, and a mint leaf, this drink never fails to raise the spirits of its consumer!
Some believe the mint julep originated in the southern United States sometime during the 18th century. In the 19th century, a similar drink was enjoyed using gin rather than bourbon. Every year, during the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs serves almost 120 000 mint juleps in just two days!
The origin of the holiday is still unknown, but that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating it anyway!