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A classic mint julep recipe, plus 7 more fresh Kentucky Derby cocktail ideas

According to Chris Goodlett, Curator of Collections at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY, the mint julep has been part of the Kentucky racing tradition since the 19th century, when jockey clubs gave out sterling silver julep cups as trophies. The drink, which is a mixture of Kentucky bourbon, sugar, water and mint, became the official Derby cocktail in 1939.

Though this time-honored libation is still a popular choice for race day, you don’t have to stick to the tried-and-true. These simple yet current recipes will provide a contemporary edge to any Derby gathering.

Henry Clay Mint Julep
Henry Clay Mint Julep
Willard interContinental
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Brown Derby Cocktail
Brown Derby Cocktail
The Milling Room
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The Derby Apple Cocktail
The Derby Apple Cocktail
Adam Milliron Photography
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Single Malt Scotch Julep
Single Malt Scotch Julep
Brian Samuels
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Poppa's Pride Cocktail
Poppa's Pride Cocktail
Gaby Porter
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The Wild West Cocktail
Wild West Cocktail
MGM Resorts International
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Picasso Julep Cocktail
Picasso Julep from Kapnos Restaurant and Bar Washington DC
Greg Powers
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Mr. Katz's Mint Julep
Mr. Katz's Mint Julep
Jay Zimmerman
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