Every year, the first Saturday in May is Derby Day, celebrating the running of the Kentucky Derby.

This year marks the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. The race pits about 20 horses in a 1 ¼ mile sprint, known as “The fastest two minutes in sports”. And what would derby day be without a mint julep? Here are the Clovers, with One Mint Julep, a 1951 Atlantic recording.

The drink has been the cocktail of choice at the Derby for over a century. Transform your kitchen into the Churchill Downs barroom: just blend Kentucky whiskey, simple sugar, mint, ice, and just a bit more whiskey…. But if you want the exacting specifications of the pros, click right here.