6 Riffs on the Classic Mint Julep

Cocktails don’t get much more classic than the Mint Julep, that simple combination of sugar, mint, ice, and lots of bourbon. You may not think it can be improved upon, but such a sturdy drink stands up to a little improvisation. Check out six of our favorite riffs on the Derby Day standby below, from a version that swaps brandy for bourbon—the way Juleps were originally made in the 1800s—to a variation that incorporates spice and ginger flavors.

Sparkling Cherry Julep

Your Julep will pop and fizz with the addition of Prosecco.

Near Eastern Julep

Basil takes the place of mint, melding with Becherovka liqueur and ginger syrup.

Mint Julep Lemonade

A brilliant combination of two thirst-quenchers—why didn’t we think of this sooner?

Butchertown Julep

Go back to the Mint Julep’s roots with this brandy-based version.

Wake & Bake Julep

Starting early? Add a little cold brew coffee to the mix.

And for those without the dosh to spend $1,000 on a single cocktail, you can still make the 2017 Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep at home.

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