picture of the mint julep

419896147_87ed1411e9_mSweating and panting, they eventually slow down after they finish. It is considered “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” To the neophyte, the Kentucky Derby is a horse race. It lasts about two minutes and has been running since 1875 in Louisville, Kentucky. May 2, 2015 marks the 141st Kentucky Derby.

picture of the mint julepFor wine students, the derby also marks the tradition of the Mint Julep. The base of which is bourbon, a mostly corn whiskey that gets much of its characteristic smokey character from ageing in new charred barrels. Two ounces of good ol’ Kentucky Bourbon is smashed with fresh mint, a little simple syrup and served in a pewter cup with crushed ice. This is a boozy one.

And for the greatest fans out there who just had their two minutes of glory, congratulations and thank you for sharing the Mint Julep with us.

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