The mint julep, like many other Southern foods and drinks, is uniquely American. While the origin story of the cocktail is highly contested, we know two things for sure: it was invented in the American South, and it tastes really good on a hot day.

The mint julep recipe is pretty simple -- although it looks like it, this isn't a frilly cocktail. The simple combination of mint, a hint of sugar, bourbon and ice is most delicious, and definitely most authentic, when served in a frosty pewter cup. If you want to make great mint juleps, get yourself some pewter cups. The mint julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. We, however, think this iconic American cocktail deserves attention on the other 364 days of the year as well, so we pulled together some of our favorite mint julep variations for you today.

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  • Classic Mint Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.two-tarts.com/2011/09/mint-julep.html" target="_blank">Classic Mint Julep recipe from Two Tarts</a></strong>

  • Citrus Mint Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2011/05/citrus-mint-julep.html" target="_blank">Citrus Mint Julep recipe from My Life As A Mrs</a></strong>

  • Blueberry Mint Juleps

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/04/blueberry-mint-juleps/" target="_blank">Blueberry Mint Juleps recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Strawberry-Infused Mint Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://cookieandkate.com/2012/strawberry-infused-bourbon-and-mint-julep/" target="_blank">Strawberry-Infused Mint Julep recipe from Cookie + Kate</a></strong>

  • Cherry Mint Julep Slushies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/04/cherry-mint-julep-slushies/" target="_blank">Cherry Mint Julep Slushies recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Sparkling Peach Mint Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://ruffledblog.com/sparkling-peach-mint-julep/" target="_blank">Sparkling Mint Julep recipe from Ruffled</a></strong>

  • Kentucky Colonel Mint Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/4173-kentucky-colonel-mint-julep" target="_blank">Kentucky Colonel Mint Julep from Food52</a></strong>

  • Sweet Tea Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://therunawayspoon.com/blog/2012/07/sweet-tea-julep/" target="_blank">Sweet Tea Mint Julep recipe from The Runaway Spoon</a></strong>

  • Ginger Julep

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://therewillbebourbon.net/post/27991667855/ginger-julep" target="_blank">Ginger Julep recipe from There Will Be Bourbon</a></strong>

  • The Perfect Mint Julep

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