Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail is a ready-to-serve beverage that has been "The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby" for over 20 years. Each year almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby a feat that requires over 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. Try one and you'll understand why we've been a Kentucky Derby tradition for so long.
The mint julep has always been a symbol of Kentucky's rich heritage and hospitality. Perhaps General Simon Bolivar Buckner put it best when he wrote from the South Pacific during World War II: "A mint julep is not the product of a formula. It is a ceremony that must be performed by one possessing a true sense of the artistic, a deep reverence for the ingredients and a proper appreciation of the occasion."
Many Kentuckians claim that when a julep is done right, you can hear the angels sing. One 19th-century jurist is said to have ruled, "Who has not tasted one has lived in vain." Then again, newspaper editor Henry Watterson's recipe for the perfect mint julep is somewhat different. His recipe: "throw the other ingredients away and drink the whisky straight."
The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States beginning in 1875.
The official song of the Kentucky Derby is 'My Old Kentucky Home', by Stephen Foster.
Every year, almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Derby is commonly referred to as "the greatest two minutes in sports."
Sixty thousand pounds of ice is required to create the Early Times Mint Juleps served during the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.
During Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail are used.
Only three-year-old thoroughbred horses can compete in the Kentucky Derby.