© photos by Jake Brown

For us, the Kentucky Derby officially kicks off summer drinks season. Sure, there's still over a month to go until it's officially summer, but there's just something about a 2-minute event that calls for getting all gussied up and drinking all day in anticipation. Call us old fashioned I guess.

For this year's Derby Drinks we stuck close to the principles of a classic mint julep but--purists beware--swapped in rum and cognac as bases, as well as some alternative sweeteners. Don't worry, we still made a bourbon picker upper with some cold brew coffee so you can at least start your day right (or power through those long afternoon stretches). Even if your horse comes in last it's hard not to pick a winner with these three.

Practice Lap

Old Money

Tropical Trifecta