It’s the drink that prompted Ernest Hemingway to throw his glass against a wall. Even Teddy Roosevelt had a recipe of his own, according to Town & Country’s history of the Derby favorite.
To be sure, there are lots of variations on the traditional recipe. The Ralph Lauren-owned Polo Bar’s version is made with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, muddled with strawberries and served in a glass etched with the clothing designer’s signature Polo pony motif, says Vanity Fair.
At Churchill Downs, nearly 120,000 juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend, according to the official Kentucky Derby site. Today, Derby Day, juleps are all across Twitter.