's Guide to the Kentucky Derby

Like a thoroughbred thundering down the track, the Kentucky Derby is just around the corner. So dig out your best Derby hat and check out our guide to Kentucky Derby drinks that includes some of our favorite bourbon articles and cocktail recipes—including several Mint Juleps, of course. No matter which horse you’re rooting for, you’ll feel like a winner.

Featured Recipes

Mint Julep - Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Derby Day

Mix up the Mint Julep three different ways.
Man-O-War - Horse-racing Cocktails


Love the Kentucky Derby? Fix these classic equestrian cocktails from talented bartender and advisory board member Allen Katz.
Kentuck Derby Whiskies — John B. Stetson Bottle

Winner’s-Circle Whiskies

Enjoy these American-made spirits while you watch the Kentucky Derby.

Behind the Bar: Summer Juleps

Master mixologist and advisory board member Dale DeGroff explores the history of these refreshing and cooling concoctions.
Glass of Bourbon - Types of Bourbon

Cheat Sheet: Bourbon

How to quickly find a new whiskey you’ll love.
Cognac Mint Julep - Cognac Cocktail

Cognac Mint Julep

Make this classic the old-fashioned way, with French brandy.

1792 Kentucky White Dog Julep

In honor of the state’s 220th anniversary, advisory board member David Wondrich created this refreshing Bluegrass tipple.

Bourbon Manhattan

You don't need to be in the five boroughs to enjoy this sophisticated tipple.

Bourbon Old Fashioned

It's been said that the original cocktail contains sugar, bitters, whiskey and water. This variation, made by cocktail legend Dale Degroff, adds muddled fruit and soda water for a lighter, fruitier taste.
Fashionable Manhattan - Cocktail Recipe

Fashionable Manhattan

This delicious bourbon cocktail is what happens when a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned hang out together.