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Almost every single craft cocktail bar in Houston will make you a Mint Julep whenever you want one. But bartenders are muddling mint and pouring bourbon more than ever this Kentucky Derby weekend. Here are nine places offering great variations of the iconic Southern drink for you to have in hand when the race kicks off today at 5:24 p.m. And — bonus — some of them even have a Derby-related deal to offer.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dish Society

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23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Ste D100, Katy
TX, 77494
(281) 394-7555
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Dish Society’s expansive patio at the new La Centerra has a Derby day deal on the Texas Julep, a refreshing muddled concoction of 1835 Texas Whiskey, fresh mint from the herb garden and cane sugar. If you're wearing a floppy hat or seersucker, it's just $8. Of course you can always go top shelf and get the $15 version with Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon.

[Photo: Dragana Harris]

2. Peli Peli

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110 Vintage Park Blvd Ste P
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 257-9500
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At this South African hotspot, beverage director Zebra Joskey muddles mint in brown sugar and mint-infused simple syrup to form the base for the mint julep. Herman Marshall rye finishes it off over a hand-formed ice sphere.

[Photo: Kimberly Park]

947 Gessner Rd Ste A180
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461-1688
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In honor of the Derby, this CityCenter Asia-inspired standout is putting out a Julep with a little snap: Bulleit bourbon, ginger, mint and yellow chartreuse.

[Photo: Dragana Harris]

4. Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 650-1300
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Order a Mint Julep made with Texas’ own Herman Marshall hand-crafted bourbon whiskey, served in traditional pewter cups. Arrive early to score a seat for the live viewing party — the race will be on in the bar.

[Photo: The Four Seasons Houston]

5. Etoile Cuisine et Bar

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1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 668-5808
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All weekend long, beverage manager Kimberly Paul is serving Mint Juleps made with High West Double Rye in classic Mint Julep cups.

[Photo: Etoile Cuisine et Bar]

6. Julep

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1919 Washington Ave Ste A
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-2068
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Alba Huerta, Julep's owner, has won dozens of accolades for her cocktail mixing, and her Julep made the cover of Garden and Gun magazine. This is the Julep to have in Houston. Julep carts will be rolling through the patio all day and the race will be showing live, starting at 5:24 p.m. Bonus: an hourly raffle for a julep set, complete with cups, straws, recipes and all the tools.

[Photo: Julie Soefer Photography]

7. Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

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4100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 960-8472
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All day Saturday May 2 at this Indian restaurant standby, lead bartender Gregg Alston will be making the classic Mint Julep recipe with a couple dashes of orange and walnut bitters. The rim of the glass is dressed with crushed candied walnuts, orange bitters and a glassed mint leaf.

8. Radio Milano

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800 Sorella Ct
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 827-3545
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On offer for Derby day: the Cynar Julep, a twist on the classic with grapefruit, mint, lemon oleo-saccharum and soda.

[Photo: Deborah Smail]

9. Reserve 101

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1201 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 655-7101
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Reserve 101 is teaming up with Maker's Mark on Derby Day, to make Mint Juleps with Maker's 46, which is aged a bit longer inside barrels containing seared French oak staves to create bolder, more complex flavors – while eliminating the bitterness that usually comes with whiskies that are aged longer. You can also choose the bar's first-of-its-kind Garrison Brothers single barrel straight Texas bourbon from its award-winning craft distillery in Hye, Texas.

1. Dish Society

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Ste D100, Katy, TX, 77494
Dish Society’s expansive patio at the new La Centerra has a Derby day deal on the Texas Julep, a refreshing muddled concoction of 1835 Texas Whiskey, fresh mint from the herb garden and cane sugar. If you're wearing a floppy hat or seersucker, it's just $8. Of course you can always go top shelf and get the $15 version with Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon.

[Photo: Dragana Harris]

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Ste D100, Katy
TX, 77494

2. Peli Peli

110 Vintage Park Blvd Ste P, Houston, TX 77070
At this South African hotspot, beverage director Zebra Joskey muddles mint in brown sugar and mint-infused simple syrup to form the base for the mint julep. Herman Marshall rye finishes it off over a hand-formed ice sphere.

[Photo: Kimberly Park]

110 Vintage Park Blvd Ste P
Houston, TX 77070

3. Kuu

947 Gessner Rd Ste A180, Houston, TX 77024
In honor of the Derby, this CityCenter Asia-inspired standout is putting out a Julep with a little snap: Bulleit bourbon, ginger, mint and yellow chartreuse.

[Photo: Dragana Harris]

947 Gessner Rd Ste A180
Houston, TX 77024

4. Four Seasons Hotel Houston

1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
Order a Mint Julep made with Texas’ own Herman Marshall hand-crafted bourbon whiskey, served in traditional pewter cups. Arrive early to score a seat for the live viewing party — the race will be on in the bar.

[Photo: The Four Seasons Houston]

1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010

5. Etoile Cuisine et Bar

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
All weekend long, beverage manager Kimberly Paul is serving Mint Juleps made with High West Double Rye in classic Mint Julep cups.

[Photo: Etoile Cuisine et Bar]

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

6. Julep

1919 Washington Ave Ste A, Houston, TX 77007
Alba Huerta, Julep's owner, has won dozens of accolades for her cocktail mixing, and her Julep made the cover of Garden and Gun magazine. This is the Julep to have in Houston. Julep carts will be rolling through the patio all day and the race will be showing live, starting at 5:24 p.m. Bonus: an hourly raffle for a julep set, complete with cups, straws, recipes and all the tools.

[Photo: Julie Soefer Photography]

1919 Washington Ave Ste A
Houston, TX 77007

7. Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

4100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
All day Saturday May 2 at this Indian restaurant standby, lead bartender Gregg Alston will be making the classic Mint Julep recipe with a couple dashes of orange and walnut bitters. The rim of the glass is dressed with crushed candied walnuts, orange bitters and a glassed mint leaf.
4100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77027

8. Radio Milano

800 Sorella Ct, Houston, TX 77024
On offer for Derby day: the Cynar Julep, a twist on the classic with grapefruit, mint, lemon oleo-saccharum and soda.

[Photo: Deborah Smail]

800 Sorella Ct
Houston, TX 77024

9. Reserve 101

1201 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002
Reserve 101 is teaming up with Maker's Mark on Derby Day, to make Mint Juleps with Maker's 46, which is aged a bit longer inside barrels containing seared French oak staves to create bolder, more complex flavors – while eliminating the bitterness that usually comes with whiskies that are aged longer. You can also choose the bar's first-of-its-kind Garrison Brothers single barrel straight Texas bourbon from its award-winning craft distillery in Hye, Texas.
1201 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002

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