The Kentucky Derby has been a tradition in Louisville Kentucky since 1875 at Churchill Downs and many spectators will be flocking to the races to pick a hopeful thoroughbred winner.
Some of the traditions that surround the races are women dressed in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large elaborate hats. Horses being paraded around the grandstands, while the University of Kentucky plays the song “My Old Kentucky Home,” also Burgoo a thick stew consisting of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables is served all day at the derby. The favorite of traditions is the Mint Julep the official drink of the derby which is made up of Bourbon, Sugar, water and fresh mint. The earliest mention of the this Southern drink refresher dates back to 1803.
The Mint Julep
2 oz powdered sugar or simple syrup
1 oz water
4 Sprigs of fresh mint
4 oz bourbon (Buffalo Trace or Templeton Rye)
In a julep cup or double rocks glass, add powdered sugar and water, lightly muddle mint sprigs, add crushed ice and stir until glass is frosted, add bourbon, stir to mix and add additional crushed ice on top and garnish with additional mint sprigs. Serve with a straw.