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Mint Julep Cups and Mint Julep Glasses
at A Taste of Kentucky

Many people use the words 'mint julep cups' and 'mint julep glasses' interchangeably, but here in Kentucky they actually refer to two different things.

To help you find exactly what you are looking for, here is a quick explanation of the differences between the two with a little bit of Kentucky history thrown in for good measure.

If you're looking for the mint julep glasses from Churchill Downs, just scroll down a bit.

Some Kentucky Mint Julep Cups we carry
 Kentucky Julep Baby Cup 5 Oz. Polished Pewter
Kentucky Julep Baby Cup 5 Oz. Polished Pewter

$39.99
 Kentucky Mint Julep Cup, 9oz. Polished Pewter
Kentucky Mint Julep Cup, 9oz. Polished Pewter

$56.99
 Pewter Baby Cup with Fleur-de-Lis design
Pewter Baby Cup with Fleur-de-Lis design

$48.99

 Pewter Julep Cup with Fleur-de-Lis Design
Pewter Julep Cup with Fleur-de-Lis Design

$65.99
 Pewter Mint Julep Cup with the Seal of Kentucky
Pewter Mint Julep Cup with the Seal of Kentucky

$66.99
 Silverplated Mint Julep Cup 11 Oz.
Silverplated Mint Julep Cup 11 Oz.

$25.99

About Kentucky Mint Julep Cups

With a history that stretches back hundreds of years, the Kentucky Mint Julep Cup can trace its origins to early American silversmiths. Their designs for cups and beakers changed as they moved across the country, and cups from many southern states have unique and distinctive styles.

In Kentucky, the classic American beaker was remade into our own Julep Cup with straight body lines and graceful moldings at the base and rim by the early craftsmen Asa Blanchard of Lexington and William and Archibald Cooper of Louisville.

Popular throughout the early South, the Julep Cup has long been a symbol of achievement, esteem and prestige. For over 200 years Kentuckians have given, received, and used their julep cup at events like christenings, weddings, fairs and of course, the races.

If you look at the various julep cups shown here, although many are quite similar — sometimes varying only in the material used — there are often subtle differences: fine beadwork along the rim, the shape and curves of the distinctive stairstepped base, etc.

Each cup reflects the history of Kentucky and the artists and craftsmen that preceded us.

About Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glasses

While the concept of serving mint juleps was not new, the development of the Mint Julep Glass came later.

Many people think that Kentucky Derby Mint Julep glasses started in 1938, but although the confusion is understandable, they did not. What happened in 1938 is that instead of serving their mint juleps in paper cups, Churchill Downs served them in tall water glasses and people kept stealing them!

So the following year in 1939 Churchill Downs created a promotional piece — the birth of the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass — that people could purchase and keep as a souvenir of their visit to the Kentucky Derby.

Over the years mint julep glasses have gone through many designs and styles. We regularly stock glasses back to 1975, but if you are looking for a particular year just give us a call at 800-444-0552 or send us an email at info@atasteofky.com and someone will be glad to help you!


 143rd Kentucky Oaks Glass
143rd Kentucky Oaks Glass

$6.99
 2016 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass
2016 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass

$5.99
 2016 Kentucky Oaks Day Glass
2016 Kentucky Oaks Day Glass

$6.99
 2017 Kentucky Derby 143 Official. Mint Julep Glass
2017 Kentucky Derby 143 Official. Mint Julep Glass

$5.99

 Kentucky Derby 1975 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1975 Mint Julep Glass

$17.50
 Kentucky Derby 1976 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1976 Mint Julep Glass

$24.00
 Kentucky Derby 1977 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1977 Mint Julep Glass

$21.00
 Kentucky Derby 1978 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1978 Mint Julep Glass

$19.00

 Kentucky Derby 1979 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1979 Mint Julep Glass

$21.00
 Kentucky Derby 1980 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1980 Mint Julep Glass

$27.00
 Kentucky Derby 1981 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1981 Mint Julep Glass

$16.00
 Kentucky Derby 1982 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1982 Mint Julep Glass

$15.00

 Kentucky Derby 1983 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1983 Mint Julep Glass

$14.00
 Kentucky Derby 1984 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1984 Mint Julep Glass

$14.00
 Kentucky Derby 1985 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1985 Mint Julep Glass

$15.00
 Kentucky Derby 1986 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1986 Mint Julep Glass

$18.00

 Kentucky Derby 1987 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1987 Mint Julep Glass

$14.00
 Kentucky Derby 1988 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1988 Mint Julep Glass

$14.00
 Kentucky Derby 1989 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1989 Mint Julep Glass

$15.00
 Kentucky Derby 1990 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1990 Mint Julep Glass

$12.00

 Kentucky Derby 1991 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1991 Mint Julep Glass

$12.00
 Kentucky Derby 1992 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1992 Mint Julep Glass

$10.00
 Kentucky Derby 1993 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1993 Mint Julep Glass

$12.00
 Kentucky Derby 1994 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1994 Mint Julep Glass

$15.00

 Kentucky Derby 1995 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1995 Mint Julep Glass

$10.00
 Kentucky Derby 1996 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1996 Mint Julep Glass

$10.00
 Kentucky Derby 1997 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1997 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00
 Kentucky Derby 1997 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1997 Mint Julep Glass

$10.00

 Kentucky Derby 1998 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1998 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00
 Kentucky Derby 1998 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1998 Mint Julep Glass

$10.00
 Kentucky Derby 1999 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1999 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00
 Kentucky Derby 1999 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 1999 Mint Julep Glass

$10.00

 Kentucky Derby 2000 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2000 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00
 Kentucky Derby 2000 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2000 Mint Julep Glass

$9.00
 Kentucky Derby 2001 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2001 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00
 Kentucky Derby 2001 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2001 Mint Julep Glass

$9.00

 Kentucky Derby 2002 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2002 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00
 Kentucky Derby 2002 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2002 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2003 Error Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2003 Error Mint Julep Glass

$10.00
 Kentucky Derby 2003 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2003 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00

 Kentucky Derby 2003 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2003 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2004 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2004 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00
 Kentucky Derby 2004 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2004 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2005 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2005 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$80.00

 Kentucky Derby 2005 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2005 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2006 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2006 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2007 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2007 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2008 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2008 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$50.00

 Kentucky Derby 2008 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2008 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2009 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2009 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$50.00
 Kentucky Derby 2009 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2009 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2010 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2010 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$50.00

 Kentucky Derby 2010 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2010 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2011 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2011 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2012 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2012 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2013 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2013 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00

 Kentucky Derby 2014 Gold Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2014 Gold Mint Julep Glass

$50.00
 Kentucky Derby 2014 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2014 Mint Julep Glass

$8.00
 Kentucky Derby 2015 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Derby 2015 Mint Julep Glass

$12.00
 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass Boxed Set 1975-2015
Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass Boxed Set 1975-2015

$418.00

 Kentucky Oaks 2006 Glass
Kentucky Oaks 2006 Glass

$7.00
 Kentucky Oaks 2007 Glass
Kentucky Oaks 2007 Glass

$7.99
 Kentucky Oaks 2008 Mint Julep Glass
Kentucky Oaks 2008 Mint Julep Glass

$7.00
 Kentucky Oaks 2009 Glass
Kentucky Oaks 2009 Glass

$5.99

 Kentucky Oaks 2010 Glass
Kentucky Oaks 2010 Glass

$5.99
 Kentucky Oaks 2011 Glass
Kentucky Oaks 2011 Glass

$5.99
 Kentucky Oaks 2015 Day Glass
Kentucky Oaks 2015 Day Glass

$6.99
 Kentucky Oaks Day 2013 Glass
Kentucky Oaks Day 2013 Glass

$5.99

 Kentucky Oaks Glass 2005
Kentucky Oaks Glass 2005

$45.00
 Kentucky Oaks Glass Set -- 2005 & 2006
Kentucky Oaks Glass Set -- 2005 & 2006

$50.00