The mint julep originated in the southern United States and has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Each year almost 120,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, virtually all of them in specially made Kentucky Derby collectible glasses.
Today I will grace my blog with this very pretty and sophisticated drink. The recipe is the same everywhere with the exception that bourbon is now used more often than whiskey*. My choice of glass is traditional, silver or pewter although today mint juleps are most commonly served in a tall old-fashioned glass, Collins glass or highball glass with a straw.[yumprint-recipe id=’20’]