The Mint Julep, a sweet and herbaceous bourbon cocktail, has become synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. Every year, attendees drink over 120,000 Mint Juleps at Churchill Downs! To top that, this year’s Derby-goers can also enjoy a $1000 Julep served in a sterling silver handcrafted cup. While it will be hard for you to top those numbers at your own Derby party, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Mint Julep-inspired recipes that we promise will go down just as easy. Here, 5 must-try Mint Juleps.
Now we couldn’t not give you at least one tried-and true-recipe. Down to the metal cup, this essential Southern cocktail from Treaty Oak Distilling Co. in Dripping Springs is simple and no-fuss. If you’re wanting to stick with the classics, look no further.
Don’t forget to get your daily serving of fruit! How Sweet Eats makes this tropical fruit salad with fresh strawberries, mango, pineapple, bourbon simple syrup and a whipped marshmallow topping. Yes, you read that right, WHIPPED MARSHMALLOW! Easily adaptable to any seasonal fruit, this is perfect for a crowd and the Texas heat.
Let the kiddos in on the fun for the Kentucky Derby and give them a fun drink to sip on alongside the adults. This non-alcoholic lemonade from For the Love of Gourmet has all of the personality of your favorite mint julep, down to the muddled mint leaves. If you want to spike this drink for adults, the options are endless: bourbon, vodka, tequila and rum would all be great here!
If you’re hosting a Derby Day party, you don’t want to be stuck behind the bar mixing up drink after drink for all of your thirsty guests. With The Kitchn’s helpful tips, you can make a big batch of simple syrup in advance for a DIY julep station where your guests can serve themselves.
Who says your Mint Julep needs to be sipped through a straw? For a fun, unexpected twist, make a batch of these frozen sweet treats for a refreshing take on this classic cocktail. Honestly Yum uses demerara sugar instead of regular granulated sugar which adds a nice amber hue to the popsicles and added complexity to the flavor. Don’t worry – there’s still bourbon in here!