Kentucky Derby: The official mint julep recipe

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LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 03: A detail of Mint Julep mixed drinks are seen on ice in a vendor’s tray durinng the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NewsNation Now) — After the pandemic disrupted the 2020 edition, the 2021 Kentucky Derby is back in its usual spot on the calendar — the first Saturday in May.

About 45,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Kentucky Derby. That’s about 100,000 less than usual.

The favorite horse to win is “Essential Quality.”

Other horses in the race include:

  • “Rock Your World”
  • “Soup and Sandwich”
  • “Midnight Bourbon”
LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 06: A woman drinks a mint julep during the 132nd Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2006 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The classic beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly as century has been The Mint Julep.

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

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According to The Kentucky Derby, here’s the official recipe:

The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Old Forester Mint Julep bourbon
  • 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 3 mint sprigs, far garnish

Instructions

Pack mint julep cup with crushed ice. In a mixing glass, combine bourbon, syrup, and mint leaves. Lightly bruise mint leaves with a muddler, strain contents into julep cup. Garnish with 3 generous sprigs of mint. *Make sure to slap mint and insert straw into ice near mint.

LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 2: Tom Brisgone buys a Mint Julep from Rudi Keller prior to the 129th Kentucky Oaks on May 2, 2003 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)