I was wondering how the Mint Julep became the big drink of the Kentucky Derby, so I did a little research. Turns out, it was a favorite drink in Kentucky long before the Derby. In fact, in 1816, silver julep cups were given out as prizes at Kentucky county fairs, and before that, a Mint Julep was considered medicinal and prescribed for stomach problems and sore throats. Even though the drink have been enjoyed at the Derby since the beginning, legend has it that founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., planted mint for cocktails when he founded the track in 1875...but the Mint Julep was declared the "official" Derby drink until 1938.
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