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May 30th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Double your pleasure, double your fun -  not only is it Memorial Day (grilling, anyone?), but May 30 is also National Mint Julep Day!

Mint juleps may be the official drink presiding over Kentucky Derby fare (since 1938) - over 120,000 are served at Churchill Downs over a two-day period each year - but it's a Southern comfort you can sip all year long.  While the true origins of this fine concoction are unknown, it has almost always consisted of mint, bourbon, sugar and water.  The drink has become so popular, people are even making mint julep cookies.

The term "julep" signifies a sweet drink, usually one with medicinal properties, so you aren't far off the mark when you toast to your health.  You can even drink to the health of retired race horses for charity at the Derby by purchasing an extra-premium custom-made mint julep.  For $1,000 each, you can sip a Woodford Reserve Bourbon-made mint julep mixed with ice from the Bavarian Alps, sugar from Australia and imported mint from Ireland served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw.

So grease up the grate, sip on your cool mint julep and enjoy this slide through the door into summer, y'all.

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