You don’t have to wait for Derby Day to enjoy a Mint Julep, although the cocktail has been the traditional drink at Churchill Downs for the better part of a century. The traditional Mint Julep is a bourbon lover’s dream cocktail, consisting of nothing more than ice, sugar, mint, and a whole lot of whiskey. (Find our recipe here.)
What bourbon to use? Since it’s the star of the drink, you can’t go wrong choosing your favorite brand. But if you’re looking for a suggestion, try one of these bottles, as reviewed in our Buying Guide.
Juice Up Your Julep With These Recommended Bourbons
Tried and true with caramel, praline, and pecan flavors, this classic’s floral profile will make the mint sing.
You may be able to dial down the sugar a bit with this naturally sweet wheater.
At 100 proof, this bottled-in-bond bourbon packs a wallop—sip slowly.
Balanced and rounded, a crowd-pleaser that will make everyone happy.
Creamy sweetness and a drying finish play nicely from the first sip to the last.
The West Virginia distillery’s house-made wheated bourbon comes in a small bottle packed with big flavor.
A younger (and less expensive) sibling to William Larue Weller, this wheater is well worth seeking out.
A great high-rye sipper, it takes to ice like a duck to water.