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Mint Juleps

The centuries-old bourbon cocktail known as the mint julep is believed to have originated in Virginia, but is also the unofficial drink of the Kentucky Derby. Just like its roots are up for debate, there’s also no one “right” way to make a mint julep. Whether you crush the mint or not -- or mix in other flavors (like peach or orange) -- the combination will instantly transport you to a porch on a hot summer day.

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recipe

Like the original, our julep features bourbon infused with mint. But this drink's signature sweetness is tempered by the tartness of blackberries, which also tint it a gorgeous shade of purple. Another twist: Our cocktail is blended with -- rather than served over -- ice, creating a slushy texture.

recipe

One of the oldest American cocktails, the mint julep originated in Virginia and was popularized in Kentucky. The two states have bickered over the proper way to prepare one for the past 200 years. No matter: It soon became the signature cocktail of the American South.