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”
The classic beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly as century has been The Mint Julep.
According to The Kentucky Derby, here’s the official recipe:
The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe
- 3 oz. Old Forester Mint Julep bourbon
- 0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 3 mint sprigs, far garnish
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.