Sweet and refreshing, with a generous dose of bourbon, this classic drink has inspired all manner of cocktails and treats, from the ginger julep to mint julep pie. This year, honor the Derby winners and this delightful beverage alike with the 21 mint julep-inspired recipes below.
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Sweet clementine and refreshing mint make for a perfect summer cocktail.
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Spicy ginger, cool mint and fragrant orange peel take this mint julep to the next level.
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Summery blueberries turn this mint julep a lovely shade of blue that's pretty enough for any party.
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Lighten up your mint julep with blackberries and a refreshing splash of lime seltzer.
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The best part about this probiotic cocktail is that you can feel at least slightly healthy when drinking it.
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This sweet tea julep combines two Southern favorites into one delectable cocktail.
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What better way to wash down your barbecue than with this sweet and smoky grilled watermelon julep?
This cherry-red mint julep is a star at Derby and Memorial Day parties alike.
Bonus: Watch how easy it is to make a classic Maker's Mark mint julep. When you see how simple this is, you'll be drinking these bad boys year-round.
Odds on the favorite: #MakersMintJulep. Muddle mint leaves with 2 tablespoons of simple syrup. Add 1 ½ parts Maker’s Mark or Maker’s 46 and a splash of distilled water. Mix well then strain over a julep cup packed with crushed ice. Dust with powdered sugar, garnish with your purtiest mint sprig and you’re off to the races.
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Bourbon-glazed bites of tender chicken garnished with mint are the perfect addition to your Derby party spread.
Sweet and minty with just a kick of bourbon, these bars are the perfect Derby day treat.
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Ice-cold mint julep pops are the perfect antidote to a hot summer day.
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Cool and creamy, these pudding shots make the bourbon go down nice and smooth.
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This creamy mint julep custard pie will satisfy even the hungriest sweet tooth.
Southern peaches poached in mint julep is a refined dessert that's perfect for special occasions.
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Fluffy mint julep frosting on top of a bourbon-laced cupcake makes these celebratory treats a classic favorite.
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A dash of bourbon brings out the caramelized, buttery flavors of these decadent blondies.
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Cool and refreshing, this mint julep froyo will help you stay cool on a day at the races.
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This fudge is the perfect showcase for chocolate, mint and bourbon.
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Mint julep buttercream takes the edge off of these chocolaty bourbon brownies.
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Add strawberries and whipped cream to this mint julep Bundt cake, and you have the perfect summer dessert.
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The ultimate treats, these luxurious truffles are loaded with chocolate and mint.
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