6 Delicious Mint Julep Recipes for Celebrating The Kentucky Derby In (Drunken) Style

It's time for big hats, southern drawls, and betting on the ponies. Yup, this weekend brings the Kentucky Derby, and to help you fully immerse yourself in the spirit of things, we've found the best julep recipes out there. Because what's more Kentucky than bourbon? Maybe more bourbon?

Whether you're looking for a classic mint julep, something a bit stronger, or a drink with a tropical touch, we've got you covered with these six recipes. Cheers, y'all!

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by Hillary Eaton

Classic Mint Julep

If you aren’t feeling that adventurous, no worries — you can’t go wrong with a classic like this one from Crepes of Wrath.

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Blood Orange Mint Julep

This citrusy take on the mint julep from Climbing Grier Mountain shows that blood orange and bourbon can be the best of friends.

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Bourbon Peach Julep Fizz

So much south in one drink, this peach-infused julep fizz by I Am a Food Blog is the perfect cocktail to quench your thirst on derby day.

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I Ride with Rosie Julep

This julep, by Wild Turkey, is named after jockey Rosie Napravnik, who will be riding for the second time in the Kentucky Derby this year in an effort to gain profits for the Old Friends equine charity. Tweet #RideWithRosie to @wildturkey during the derby and they will donate $1/ tweet. We can drink to that.

2 oz. Wild Turkey 81

1 oz. Wild Turkey American Honey

1.5 oz. Lemon Juice

Mint Sprigs

Crushed ice

Slap mint springs in palm of your hand to release oils. Tear them into pieces and add to shaker filled with all other ingredients and ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Moonshine Mint Julep

Looking for an extra kick? Then this moonshine mint julep from Endless Simmer is just what you need. Just make sure to hold on to your derby hat.

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Ginger-Mint Julep with Fresh Pineapple

With a biting tropical twist, this ginger and fresh pineapple-laden julep from The Kitchn is the prefect refresher for hot derby weather.

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