Kentucky Derby: How to make the perfect Mint Julep

How do you make the 'Drink of the Kentucky Derby'?
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  • The Mint Julep is the drink of choice at the Kentucky Derby
  • Over 1000 lbs of mint used over the two days

(CNN)The refreshing Mint Julep, the drink of choice at the Kentucky Derby.

It is estimated at this year's event, which takes place on May 6 and 7, 1000 pounds of mint will go into making the crowds' favorite tipple.
    Or, to put that into perspective, the same weight as a grand piano.
    120,000 of the popular cocktails are expected to be served, using 10,000 bottles of ready-to-serve Old Forester Mint Julep.
    These cost around $25, meaning punters will spend a quarter of a million dollars on these bottles alone over the derby's two days.
    Want to make your own? Follow the instructions in our video and all you'll need are the ingredients below to get you started.

    Recipe

    • Mint
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 3 ounces whiskey -- bourbon
    • Fancy glass