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

Learn how to make a classic mint julep, and get creative cocktail recipes for the Kentucky Derby.
/ Source: TODAY

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
The Wild West Cocktail