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17 Delightful Mint Julep Desserts For Derby Day

What’s even more fun than watching horses run really fast? Eating ice cream with bourbon in it.

So, you know about mint juleps, right?

The classic Mint Julep is a delightfully refreshing muddle of bourbon, mint, and sugar over lots of crushed ice, and it’s the traditional drink to drink while watching horses run very fast at the Kentucky Derby. Preferably out of a fancy silver julep cup, while wearing an enormous fancy hat.

AND: The great thing about bourbon and mint is that they also combine to make amazing desserts (why stop at getting tipsy when you can give yourself a julep-inspired sugar high, too?) So, between the Kentucky Derby on May 4 and National Mint Julep Day on the 30th, you should probably just eat these all month long.

1. Mint Julep Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies have a mint-bourbon glaze. Recipe here.

2. Mint Julep Cupcakes

The cute little straws in the cupcake are a nice touch. Recipe here.

3. Mint Julep Ice Cream

Boozy ice cream is something you need to try. You’ll need an ice cream maker for this one. Recipe here.

4. Mint Julep Brownies with Candied Pecans

Chocolate and booze is a wonderful thing. Recipe here.

5. Watermelon Mint Julep Popsicles

You only need six ingredients and a stick to make these. Recipe here.

6. Mint Julep Blondies

Half blondie, half bourbon mint buttercream. Recipe here.

7. Mint Julep Bundt Cakes

YUM! Find the recipe on Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine.

8. Grilled Mint Julep Peaches with Ice Cream

First you grill the peaches, then you smother them with deliciousness. Recipe on Food52.

9. Mint Julep Sorbet

Recipe on Bon Appétit.

10. Mint Julep Panna Cotta

Who cares about some horse race or whatever when you have this thing in front of you? Recipe here.

11. Mint Julep Profiteroles

You could buy profiteroles and stuff them with mint ice cream and boozy chocolate sauce, or you could make it all from scratch.

12. Blackberry Mint Julep Jello

Recipe here.

13. Mint Julep Cupcakes

Complete with spiked chocolate sauce and mint whipped cream. Recipe here.

14. Mint Julep Cream Pie

Recipe here.

15. Berries in Mint Julep Syrup with Buttermilk and Brown-Sugar Cake

Recipe here.

16. Mint Julep Scones

You could argue that scones are just for breakfast, but you’d be wrong. Recipe here.

17. Mint Julep Chocolates

Stuffing things inside of chocolate isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. Recipe here.

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