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4 Maker's Mark mint julep recipes for Your Derby party

Wisconsin has its cheese. New York has its pizza. Chicago has its hot dogs. Kentucky has its bourbon. There is literally nothing more appropriate to be sipping on during the Kentucky Derby than Kentucky bourbon. Since 1939, the mint julep has been the official drink of the Derby. This especially-refreshing cocktail boasts sweetened golden-brown bourbon, fresh mint oils and crushed ice and is the ideal customary cocktail for the first Saturday in May.  However, tradition does not mean your drink has to be drab. Put a little South in your mouth with these four variations on the mint julep from Maker’s Mark.

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5 bourbons to drink at your Derby Day party

And down the stretch they come! These are the final words millions of people around the world will be clutching their hats to as their prized-picked horses sprint their way to the finish line for the biggest horse race of the year – the Kentucky Derby.

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