The History of the Mint Julep
The origins of the Mint Julep can be traced back to the late 18th century in the southern United States, where it was originally made with brandy or rum. However, as bourbon whiskey became more popular, it became the preferred liquor of choice for the Mint Julep.
The mint julep has been a featured drink at the Kentucky Derby since its first race in 1875. The drink was served in souvenir cups, and it quickly became a tradition at the event. Traditionally, this cocktail is served in a frosted silver cup, which also lends an air of sophistication to it. Today, more than 120,000 mint juleps are served at the Kentucky Derby each year.