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Springtime in Louisville gets us all in mint condition for the Derby with the celebration of Mint Julep Month®

The Mint Julep is a fine Southern tradition dating back to the 18th Century, as well as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Today, more than 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over Derby weekend at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack.

Since 2013, Louisville has designated April as “Mint Julep Month®” celebrating the official cocktail of the Derby and the arrival of Spring in Kentucky.

Mint Julep Month is a fantastic way to get in the Derby spirit, even if you aren’t planning a visit to Louisville.  Find events nation-wide, or learn to make one at home from the hosts of Bourbon & Biscuits.

Planning on visiting Louisville this April to celebrate with us? Check out our Events Section for tours, parties, classes & more. See our Shopping Section for Mint Julep themed items from chocolates to soaps. Or, visit the Eat and Drink section to find places where you can sink your teeth into, and of course sip on, the Mint Julep. Call the historic Brown Hotel about their Mint Julep Package for downtown accommodations.

Post a picture of your adventures using the hashtag #MintJulepMonth and you may be reposted on our social! Need a place to start? Visit the mural at Quills Coffee Firehouse (802 E. Main St.) or the larger than life Mint Julep at the Louisville Visitor Center (301 S. 4th St.) 


Make it Minty the whole month of April! If you redeem your Urban Bourbon Trail Passport during the month of April at the Louisville Visitor Center you will not only receive the coveted Urban Bourbon Trailblazer T-shirt, but also a limited-edition Mint Julep enamel pin. Grab a cocktail or grub at 6 of the 38 Urban Bourbon Trail bars and restaurants to redeem your prize. (Valid while supplies last) 



To find minty-fresh happenings around town, click here.



  • 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen – Chef Casper Van Drongelen is elevating his Derby specials this year by offering a dynamic drink & dessert duo. Guests can enjoy their meal with a Peach & Basil Mint Julep followed by Mint Julep Cake Pops for dessert.
  • Butchertown Grocery – Chef Bobby Benjamin is bringing back his boozy Mint Julep Sundae. The delicious dessert is made with three different ice cream flavors including caramel, mint and Woodford Reserve bourbon, all crafted in-house. It also features bourbon-soaked chocolate fudge cake, strawberry compote, bourbon-candied pecans, fresh mint and Woodford Reserve cherries from local Bourbon Barrel Foods.
  • Anoosh Bistro - Chef Anoosh Shariat is bringing back one of his classic favorites for Mint Julep Month and the Derby season. The Shrimp Julep will feature grilled shrimp served hot with a sauce including bourbon, fresh mint, maple syrup and lemon.
  • The Brown Hotel – Try Mint Julep Benedictine with a side of pita bread or a pulled lamb shoulder sandwich with bourbon barbecue sauce with minted slaw at the J. Graham Café. Also, order the grilled lamb chops with fingerling potato salad, mint vinaigrette and Bourbon gastrique at the English Grill.
  • Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar - Let their expert bar staff mix you a mint julep lemonade, which adds a splash of tangy and refreshing lemon to the traditional simple syrup, bourbon and mint recipe. Or, try a Near Eastern Julep which uses basil instead of mint and ginger syrup, combined with Old Grand Dad Bottled-in-Bond and Becherovka liqueur to add a warm, spicy clove flavor. 
  • Haymarket Whiskey Bar - Run for the Roses Julep - includes Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, mint tea simple syrup, rose water simple syrup and is served with fresh mint in a classic julep cup.
  • Marketplace - In a cocktail shaker add honey, Monin Frosted Mint and simple syrups. Add Cardamon bitters and shake with ice. Then, we’ll add the bourbon. Strain while pouring over crushed ice in silver Mint Julep cup, add water and garnish with mint spring.
  • Mussel & Burger Bar – The Mint Julep is the featured cocktail of the month, April 1st – End of Derby weekend!
  • Quills Firehouse Coffee - Mint Julep Latte and photo op with mural.
  • Red Herring - Award-winning bartender Clay Livingston presents three mint julep variations: The traditional, non-traditional and modern twist.
    • Traditional Julep: Mint-soaked brandy, rum and sugar, strained mint and a lemon zest
    • Non-Traditional Julep: bacon fat-infused bourbon, mint and vanilla sugar
    • Modern Twist Julep: Fernet Branca and bourbon
  • TAJ Louisville - The Taj's Derby delight, I'm Just Peachy, & 'Bout You, is a mouthwatering spin on the classic mint julep. It incorporates Four Roses Yellow Label with a peach infused simple syrup, and then followed by a dash of house bitters with fresh mint. Finally, it is topped with a Southern classic - iced tea.

2019 Derby

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#STOPSUCKING Since the 1800s, the mint julep has been one of America’s most iconic cocktails. The humble straw, invented specifically for use in that illustrious mint julep, is every bit as iconic. Unfortunately, the paper straws of the 1800s have evolved into the modern plastic straws that contribute heavily to plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. In conjunction with Mint Julep Month, Garden & Gun and Maker's Mark challenge participants to use paper straws and ditch the plastic to make a lasting positive difference for our environment.

For nationwide Mint Julep Month action, visit here.