Kentucky Derby Attendees to Guzzle 120,000 Mint Juleps - One for at Least $5,000

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | May 3, 2013 | 2:40 PM EDT

Attendees will drink 120,000 mint juleps at this year's Kentucky Derby, according to Churchill Downs, the Thoroughbred racetrack located in Louisville, KY.

The mint julep has been the traditional beverage for the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century.

Early Times Kentucky Whiskey makes a Ready-to-Serve Cocktail and has had the honor of being "The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby" for more than 18 years.

The Mint Julep: a tradition at the Kentucky Derby

Over the two-day period, Early Times will require more than 10,000 bottles of whiskey, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint, and 60,000 pounds of ice to make the 120,000 cocktails that will be served to Derby attendees.

Woodford Reserve, a bourbon maker in Versailles, Kentucky, will also be serving mint juleps at this year's race - but their concoctions are a bit pricier.

For the eighth-straight year, Woodford's "grand-a-piece" drinks will be served to raise money for charity.  This year's benefactor is the Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center for former race horses.

The firm says that, over the past seven years, more than $354,000 has been raised for charities.

For $1,000, Woodford Reserve provides a sterling silver cup that includes an engraved horse and rider, a gold-plated garland of roses and a gold-plated straw.

For attendees that are feeling particularly charitable, Woodford also offers $2,000 "Legendary Cups," which are adorned with rider medallions encrusted with diamonds.

Top donors can bid ($5,000 minimum) on the "Golden Opportunity," which comes with the opportunity to present the trophy to the winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (the race before the Derby).