The Kentucky Derby
is a very special day for women and hats.
|A Splendid Tradition!
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THE MINT JULEP is an alcoholic cocktail, consisting of
water, shaved ice, and fresh spearmint. Being bourbon-based, it is
associated with Southern Hospitality and The Kentucky Derby.
Traditionally, mint juleps are served in silver / pewter / copper
cups, and held only by the bottom and top edges to allow frost to
form on the outside of the cup while preventing hand-heat transfer.
Beyond a host's mere ability to offer a drink, offering mint juleps
marked the provider as an elite: (1) Serving ice meant either
ownership of an ice house or wealth to buy ice, an expensive item in
the American South. (2) The traditional solid silver cup was a mark
of wealth. (3) One needed a trustworthy servant who had access to
one's fine whiskey, ice house, and silver cups... plus the talent to
muddle the drink in a properly frosted cup.
Since 1938, the mint julep has been promoted by Churchill Downs in
association with its Kentucky Oaks & Derby. Yearly, over 120,000
mint juleps are served in the two consecutive days of these races. Cheers!
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