Where to Find the Best Mint Juleps in the South
10. Crook's Corner: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The mint julep here is a dessert as much as it is a drink — it comes frozen with a scoop of mint sorbet. As one Yelp reviewer put it: “Absolutely divine!”
9. The Rarebit: Charleston, South Carolina
The mint juleps here are served in traditional silver cups overflowing with ice and fresh mint. Pair one with their chicken and waffles and you’re ready to party, southern style.
8. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar: Miami Beach, Florida
The bourbon’s always flowing at this buzzy South Beach spot, where bartenders grind the mint juleps’ ice by hand for an extra chilled treat after a hot day in the sun. As one rather poetic Yelp reviewer wrote, “you can practically hear the thunder of hooves with your first sip.”
7. Julep: Houston, Texas
Julep tends to get packed, but grab a seat on the outdoor patio if you can and sip their namesake drink slowly — it blends two types of bourbon.
6. Moonshine Patio: Austin, Texas
This homey Texas spot serves complimentary cornbread that’s perfect for soaking up the bourbon in your stomach after you’ve put back a few too many mint juleps.
5. Doc Crow’s: Louisville, Kentucky
If you’re not drinking a mint julep, are you even really in Louisville? The classic comes with a perfect summertime twist at Doc Crow’s, where they make a popular mint julep lemonade.
4. The Silver Dollar: Louisville, Kentucky
The top Louisville spot on the list, The Silver Dollar has a long list of bourbons and traditional mint juleps that don’t disappoint. The string light-adorned outdoor patio is the perfect spot for sipping one on a hot summer night.
3. Round Robin Bar: Washington, D.C.
Legend has it Kentucky’s Henry Clay introduced our nation’s capital to the mint julep at this very bar. So grab a seat and take a sip, because it’s not every day your cocktail comes with a side of history.
2. Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant: Vacherie, Louisiana
The mint juleps here come with variety: you can opt for a flight and try three flavors. Yelp reviewers recommend the frozen blackberry most of all.
Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Recipe: Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Southerners take sweet tea very seriously, but we are also crazy about mint juleps (hello, Derby season!). So, it was only natural that we combined two of our all-time favorite classics into one refreshing, sweet cocktail. Meet Mint Julep Sweet Tea. This cocktail recipe is absolutely perfect for sipping in a rocking chair on a Southern porch, but we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you that party guests swoon over this delicious cocktail recipe. You can make it in a pitcher, which makes it a great option for bringing to a family reunion, taking to the tailgate, or just hosting company for an alfresco dinner in the backyard. As any Mint Julep fan would argue, one of the most important ingredients in this recipe is the fresh mint. Use the freshest mint you can find – it'll make a difference in the flavor of your Mint Julep Sweet Tea. Muddle these mint leaves with the lemon slices in a pitcher before adding the sweet tea and the bourbon. This will bring out the tang of the fresh lemon, as well. When you go to serve your game-winning cocktail, be sure to have plenty of crushed ice and some vibrant mint sprigs to garnish. So, even if you can't make it to the Kentucky Derby, you can celebrate the season on your porch with this refreshing cocktail in hand.
1. Lüke: New Orleans, Louisiana
Come to this flavorful New Orleans spot for the oyster happy hour, and stay for the mint juleps. If you just can’t tear yourself away from the sweet, minty treat, you can even take one to go.