A mint julep may not be your go-to drink on a typical Friday night, but when the Kentucky Derby gallops into Louisville each year, it becomes the only acceptable cocktail to sip — preferably while wearing a big hat and cheering your horse into the winner’s circle.
The drink, a refreshing combination of bourbon, mint, simple syrup, and crushed ice, has been the Derby’s official drink since 1938. And even revelers who won’t be in Kentucky for the big race will be downing them in solidarity across the country this weekend.
By now we know you’re ready to get in on the fun, but if you don’t want to make your own mint julep, where can you get a good one?
Yelp put together a list of the top 25 spots across the U.S. to find the perfect one, based on volume of reviews mentioning the drink, and the highest ratings. A maximum of two establishments were included per state to ensure geographic diversity. You know what that means: At least one of these places might be in partying distance, if you’re lucky.