The drink of the Kentucky Derby is the sweet refreshing Mint Julep. If you go to Churchill Downs, the Mint Juleps are served in yearly glass glasses. More Derby dishes HERE. A British visitor in 1839 described the drink.
"Call on me
whenever you come to town [Philadelphia], and if it should be about the hour of three, I shall rejoice the more. You will find a bad dinner, a good glass of wine, and a host
thankful for your favour and desirous of encouraging repetitions of it, without
number, form, or ceremony.” More on Belmont and its elaborate gardens and woods...