Derby Day Julep Recipes

For whiskey fans, Derby Day is all about the Mint Julep. There’s no topping the classic recipe, but that doesn’t stop some bartenders from bending the parameters to create interesting variations. Bookmark this recipe for a pitcher of juleps if you’re entertaining a crowd, check out Chris McMillian’s tips for perfecting your julep making, and learn about the fascination history of the julep strainer from Wayne Curtis.

Coffee Julep (Alcohol-Free)
Brighten your morning ritual with this zero-proof julep riff.

Cynar Julep
An amaro-based spin on the classic.

Beer Julep
The perfect marriage of whiskey and hops.

Cheater Tin Julep
This cocktail combines fresh mint with genever, Cynar and white Port.

Ginger Julep
Spice up your next julep with ginger liqueur.

Kalamazoo Julep
A double dose of celery adds another layer of refreshment in this julep from Austin bartender Brian Dressel.

Hard Water Mint Julep
Erik Adkins saves the bourbon for last, drizzling it over the top of a bed of crushed ice.

Herbaceous Julep
Cynar lends an herbaceous edge to this julep riff.

Mint Julep Iced Tea
Sweet tea brings an extra helping of Southern flavor to this mint julep hybrid.

Rhubarb Rye Julep
A seasonal take on the classic.

Rye Julep
High-proof rye whiskey gives this julep a extra-bold whiskey flavor.


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