143rd Running of the Roses

143rd Running of the Roses
May 2, 2017 Sterling Cryder

This Saturday, May 6, Churchill Downs, the world’s most storied racetrack, will host the 143rd Kentucky Derby, a race that has created legends, such as Secretariat and American Pharoah.

Almost more famous than the horses who race – the perfectly mixed Mint Juleps, the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of bourbon, 1,000 pounds of mint and 60,000 pounds of ice!

This weekend Trapper’s Bourbon Bar brings you the Kentucky Derby tradition from 2 – 6 p.m. Saturday. All Derby party attendees are encouraged to dress up in their biggest hats, bow ties and sharpest seersucker. Snap a picture (Mint Julep in hand is a bonus!) and share it on social media using #TrappersBourbonBar. The best dressed of the day – male and female – win a Pearl’s Restaurant Group Gift Card! But don’t frown if you don’t get crowned “Best Dressed” – you’ll still go home a winner with your Mint Julep copper glass.

So strap in for a fun ride this Saturday at Trapper’s Bourbon Bar and let the races begin!

 The Old Forester Mint Julep Recipe (official recipe of Churchill Downs)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups

To make simple syrup, mix sugar and water together and boil for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.