The Tupelo Julep

© Daniel KriegerThe other day, my colleague Kelly Snowden obsessed about Kentucky Derby juleps—specifically where to drink them in Brooklyn, and where to find some excellent recipes for mint juleps and Champagne juleps (at of course). Now on to some cool statistics from Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby). To make the 120,000 (!) mint juleps that Levy restaurants will serve over the course of the weekend, here's what's on their shopping list:

*7,800 liters of bourbon
*Some 300,000 pounds of shaved ice
*2,250 pounds of mint. And this year, it's all sourced from local (i.e., Kentuckiana) farms. Which is great news.