Mint Julep Everything

If there ever was an antidote to a hot summer day, the beloved Southern cocktail, the mint julep, is it. Celebrate the Kentucky Derby, or find any excuse to savor these minty, bourbon-spiked desserts inspired by the drink.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Mint and Bourbon, Sitting in a Tree

Whether you're dusting off your Derby hat to watch horses hightail it to the finish line or you just can't resist the union of bourbon and mint in any form, rest assured that these boozy, mint julep-inspired dessert recipes might just be better than the drink.

Mint Julep Cupcakes

If downing a cupcake sounds like a lot more fun than knocking back a drink, we hear you. With a vanilla-bourbon batter and a minty bourbon frosting, these winning cupcakes come with all the flavor (and a fraction of the buzz) of the classic drink. For an extra punch of bourbon, brush some on the tops of the freshly baked cupcakes.

Get the Recipe: Mint Julep Cupcakes

Mint Julep Milkshake

Clinking glasses is so much more gratifying when this creamy milk shake is involved. It's a simple blend of quality vanilla ice cream, minty liqueur and, of course, bourbon, and once you sip it through a straw, you'll know full well why bourbon and mint were meant to be together. 

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Mint Julep Truffles

Spiked with bourbon and peppermint extract, these homemade chocolate truffles are smooth, decadent and totally trophy-worthy. Blending fresh mint and sugar together in the food processor and rolling the truffles in the result gives each one a green-hued, crunchy-sweet finish.

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Mint Julep Granita

We didn't think there could be anything more refreshing than a classic mint julep — until this recipe entered the race. A granita is essentially a fluffy, fancy snow cone, and this icy, adults-only version delivers big on minty refreshment.

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Mint Julep Jelly Shots

Next time you need your bourbon-and-mint fix, hold the ice. These jiggly julep shots are nice, boozy and oh-so-easy to knock back. With a fresh mint leaf and a cloud of homemade whipped cream gracing each one, let's just say these jelly shots are a lot more elegant than the ones at your average frat party.

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Mint Julep Whoopie Pies

If you loved whoopie pies as a kid, bring all that mint julep-y goodness into these adults-only hand-held treats. Sandwich a luxurious bourbon-spiked cream cheese filling between two green-hued, minty cakes before rolling each treat in mint sugar. Feel free to make them ahead and refrigerate until party time.

Get the Recipe: Mint Julep Whoopie Pies

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