Don't just save it for Derby Day - drink this flavorful, simple, boozy cocktail all summer long with these four variations.
This drink is a classic for a reason. Like a lot of cocktails, the Mint Julep was first a medicinal prescription, but was drank for enjoyment by the 1800s. Served at the Kentucky Derby since 1938, this light and easy-to-drink smash seems like it was made for summer. Recipe for a Mint Julep.
Rye and cognac take the place of bourbon in this adaptation by famed bartender, Jerry Thomas. The spice and jammy notes of the liquors are balanced by the rich, raw sugar flavor of Demerara Gum Syrup. Recipe for Prescription Julep.
Coffee liqueur adds a jolt of flavor that goes surprisingly well with fresh mint. Serve this at your next boozy brunch. Recipe for Coffee Julep.
Gin Basil Julep
Though it's known as a bourbon drink, juleps were frequently made with gin and genever in their heyday. This one swaps the mint for fresh basil - one of our favorite herbs to pair with gin - for a savory, flavorful cocktail. Recipe for Gin Basil Julep.