According to many sources, Kentucky Senator Henry Clay introduced the mint julep in the 1800s. As early as 1816, county fair champions in the South received silver julep cups as awards. Today, the mint julep continues to be associated with the southern region of the United States, most notably as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Over the course of the two-day event, bartenders at Churchill Downs serve almost 120,000 mint juleps!
Mint Julep is the best refreshing summer drink, that is made of water, sugar, Bourbon and fresh mint. It’s similar to Mojito, but rum was replaced by Bourbon and may be considered a member of a loosely associated family of drinks called “smashes”.