Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mint Juleps & The Run For The Roses

The sun shines bright over Old Kentucky
Over Old Kentucky on the Derby Day
So let them run ...
Words of the late balladeer, John Stewart

Talk about tradition!  The 136th running of the Kentucky Derby is just a couple of weeks away.  It is so exhilarating  to watch those magnificent steeds racing around the oval track.  Root for one ... root for all ... it does not matter.  It's the Queen of Races in the King of Sports.

Just as traditional as the Derby is the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep.  The Mint Julep was first served at the Derby back in 1875 (so I'm told).  It became the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938.  At Churchill Downs it is served in a frosty cold collectible Derby logo glass with a straw.  In high society, the glass is a special silver mint julep cup with a silver straw spoon to stir and sip in elegance.

Here at Vintages, we have a couple of sets of the sterling silver mint julep straw spoons.  Perfect not only for Derby Day and the other two upcoming Triple Crown Races, but just as elegant for ice tea, tall cocktails or tropical drinks.

We also have some other horse racing items, including a couple of hand carved horse brooches and an elegant racing horse pendant.

One major player in the history of the Kentucky Derby is super-jockey Willie Shoemaker.  Here are a few prints and photos that we have of Shoemaker and friends.

If you aren't going to be in Louisville for the race, just mix up your favorite Mint Julep recipe, turn on the television, cheer on the horses and sip, sip, sip!

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