Race Time with DWG: Mint Julep - Blade and Bow Bourbon Whiskey Edition

by Negronis Greg

Welcome to Drink with Greg! Today, we're taking a trip down memory lane to explore the rich history of the iconic Mint Julep, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.

The Mint Julep originated in the southern United States, with its roots tracing back to the 18th century. It was a popular drink among wealthy plantation owners who used it as a way to showcase their wealth and status. The first recorded mention of the Mint Julep was in a book published in 1803, which described it as a "dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning."




The Mint Julep's signature silver cup has a special significance in the drink's history. The cup is traditionally made of silver or pewter and is designed to keep the drink cold while also enhancing the flavor. The cup is also said to represent the wealth and status of the drinker, as silver cups were once considered a luxury item.


The Mint Julep's popularity has only increased over time, especially with its association with the Kentucky Derby, where over 120,000 Mint Juleps are served each year. The drink has become an integral part of the Derby experience, as it is the official drink of the race.




The Mint Julep's association with the Kentucky Derby began in 1938, when the drink was officially named the Derby's signature cocktail. Today, over 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Kentucky Derby each year, making it the largest annual consumption of the drink in the world.



To make a classic Mint Julep Blade and Bow Bourbon Whiskey Edition, you'll need:

  • 2 oz of Blade and Bow Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz mint syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Fresh mint leaves


  1. In a silver or pewter julep cup, muddle the fresh mint leaves with the mint syrup.
  2. Fill the cup with crushed ice.
  3. Pour in the bourbon.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

And there you have it, the fascinating history of the Mint Julep, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. So the next time you sip on this refreshing cocktail, you can appreciate the rich history and traditions that make it so beloved. Cheers

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