Derby 141 Is In the History Books and So Is the Question of How Many Mint Juleps Are Sold Each Year

on May 3, 2015

It’s the day after Derby and most locals are laying low and recuperating from the big day.  The local businesses are cleaning up from last evenings activities and life will be going back to normal for the area.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the crowds definitely enjoyed themselves. I had someone ask a question regarding the mint julep and how many were sold each year.  I looked it up and have to admit I’m more than a little surprised.  According to Churchill Downs here’s the facts.  Each year between Oaks Day (the day when most locals go out to enjoy themselves) and Derby Day over 120,000 Mint Juleps are sold. That equates to:

  • 10,000 bottles of Old Forrester  Mint Julep Mix
  • 1,000 pounds of fresh mint
  • 60,000 pounds of ice.  Yes that’s correct 60,000 pounds of ice!

With this year’s record breaking crowds of 123,763 attending Oaks and 170,513 going to Derby, I’m sure more than the average amounts of Mint Juleps were sold.  Any way you look at it that’s A LOT of Mint Juleps. Don’t forget to support your local businesses and I hope to  see you on one of our tours soon. Cheers Max

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