Turn your couch into the stands at Churchill Downs with these mint julep recipes for watching the Kentucky Derby at home.Rider’s up! Julep cups out!
It’s time to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. “The Run for the Roses” is perhaps one of America’s most storied traditions. The thoroughbred race has been held every year for nearly a century and a half, cementing the Derby’s legacy as the longest continuously held sporting event in America.
And for the better part of a century, the mint julep has been synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. Between the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs reportedly serves nearly 120,000 mint juleps over the two-day festivities.
With attendance expected to be at a minimum this year, it’s up to you to recreate the electricity of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” at home. So breakout the seersucker suits and extravagant hats. We’re celebrating the Kentucky Derby at home this year.
But this is Spirit Hub. So we’re doing Derby Day at home with a tinge of uncommon. It’s the Kentucky Derby, so it has to be a mint julep. But maybe you’re not a bourbon person. That may turn some heads at Churchill Downs, but you’re celebrating at home.
That’s why this list of mint julep recipes isn’t exclusively bourbon-based. Whether you like gin, moonshine, and agave spirit, there’s a mint julep recipe for you, just waiting to be stirred.