Derby Day Sustenance: 10 Refreshing Mint Julep Recipes


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Every year I face the daunting task of selecting a signature cocktail for my annual Derby Day soiree, and every year, I’m at a loss for creativity. Most years I end up going with a classic (albeit delicious) mint julep, but by request, I’ve decided to spice it up and offer a few fun, non-traditional options. Thanks primarily to Pinterest, I did my research and rounded up these absolutely delectable mint julep recipes that you need to try on (or before and/or after) Derby Day! Click the cocktail name or photo to view the full recipe.

one | Blackberry Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by Jelly Toast Food & Photos

two | Spicy Pineapple Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

three | Sweet Tea Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by Spicy Southern Kitchen

four | Matcha Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by The Bojon Gourmet

five | Frozen Mint Julep

six | Rhubarb Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by the Fashionable Hostess

seven | Blueberry Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by The Adventures of Bob & Shan

eight | Cherry and Lime Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by Cooks with Cocktails

nine | Thai Basil Mint Julep

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Photo and Recipe by Builicious

ten| Mint Julep Granita

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Photo and Recipe by Bluegrass Bites

 

I’ve personally taste tested each drink, and delicious doesn’t do any of these mint julep recipes justice. Regardless of your traditional alcoholic palette, I suggest giving these a quick try before writing them off and reverting back to the conventional, Kentucky Derby-approved drink. Just think– you can justify making your own mid-day julep flight in the name of good hostessing. Do it for your guests, you guys. Oh, and for more food, fashion, and party ideas for equestrian lovers everywhere, check out my Derby Day board on Pinterest! Happy Thursday!

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