Kentucky Derby: The ingredients you need to make a Mint Julep

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The beverage of choice at the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep. 

A simple traditional southern drink, the Mint Julep requires just a handful of ingredients. There are several different ways to make a Mint Julep, but the ingredients go relatively unchanged. (Here's a look at several methods for making your Mint Julep.) 

The 2017 Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 6. 

As the 143rd edition of the race approaches, here's a rundown of the ingredients that come together to make a Mint Julep:

• Crushed ice. It's important to stay cool under the hot Kentucky sun (or under the artificial light of your living room) on Derby Day. 

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• Sugar. To make the Mint Julep properly sweet. 

• Fresh mint. It is a Mint Julep after all. Depending on preference, some choose to crush mint leaves into the syrup while other opt to simply garnish their drink with a sprig of mint. 

• Kentucky Bourbon: This is, after all, the key ingredient. Cooking Light suggests Maker's 46 from Maker's Mark.

• Water, of course. 

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And that's about all you need. A silver Julep cup is strongly recommended. 

Here are the basic instructions to pull a Mint Julep together: 

*For simple syrup, add 1 cup granulated sugar to 1 cup water in a saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar, stirring constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

Mix together simple syrup muddled with mint, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and distilled water.

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