21 Mint julep recipes for the best Derby party ever
The Kentucky Derby is almost here, but we all know that the real star of the party ain't the horses — it's the mint julep.
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.
1. Clementine mint julep recipe
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Sweet clementine and refreshing mint make for a perfect summer cocktail.
2. Ginger julep recipe
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Spicy ginger, cool mint and fragrant orange peel take this mint julep to the next level.
3. Blueberry mint julep spritzer recipe
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Summery blueberries turn this mint julep a lovely shade of blue that's pretty enough for any party.
4. Blackberry mint julep recipe
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Lighten up your mint julep with blackberries and a refreshing splash of lime seltzer.
5. Kombucha mint julep recipe
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The best part about this probiotic cocktail is that you can feel at least slightly healthy when drinking it.
6. Sweet tea julep recipe
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This sweet tea julep combines two Southern favorites into one delectable cocktail.
7. Grilled watermelon mint julep recipe
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What better way to wash down your barbecue than with this sweet and smoky grilled watermelon julep?
8. Cherry mint julep recipe
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.
9. Mint julep chicken skewers recipe
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Bourbon-glazed bites of tender chicken garnished with mint are the perfect addition to your Derby party spread.
10. Mint julep bars recipe
Sweet and minty with just a kick of bourbon, these bars are the perfect Derby day treat.
11. Mint julep ice pops recipe
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Ice-cold mint julep pops are the perfect antidote to a hot summer day.
12. Mint julep pudding shots recipe
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Cool and creamy, these pudding shots make the bourbon go down nice and smooth.
13. Mint julep pie recipe
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This creamy mint julep custard pie will satisfy even the hungriest sweet tooth.
14. Mint julep poached peaches recipe
Southern peaches poached in mint julep is a refined dessert that's perfect for special occasions.
15. Mint julep cupcake recipe
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Fluffy mint julep frosting on top of a bourbon-laced cupcake makes these celebratory treats a classic favorite.
16. Mint julep blondies recipe
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A dash of bourbon brings out the caramelized, buttery flavors of these decadent blondies.
17. Mint julep frozen yogurt recipe
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Cool and refreshing, this mint julep froyo will help you stay cool on a day at the races.
18. Mint julep fudge recipe
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This fudge is the perfect showcase for chocolate, mint and bourbon.
19. Bourbon brownies + mint julep buttercream recipe
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Mint julep buttercream takes the edge off of these chocolaty bourbon brownies.
20. Mint julep Bundt cake recipe
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Add strawberries and whipped cream to this mint julep Bundt cake, and you have the perfect summer dessert.
21. Dark chocolate mint julep truffles recipe
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The ultimate treats, these luxurious truffles are loaded with chocolate and mint.