The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and that can mean only one thing: Mint Juleps. (And hot southern chicks in oversized bonnets, but we'll focus on the drinks for now.)

Just in case you've never had a Mint Julep because it sounds like a cocktail Miss Daisy would drink as she's being driven around, you should know the main ingredient is a healthy pour of bourbon. Yep, the basic, traditional Julep is bourbon, mint leaves, sugar and crushed ice -- all served in a silver or pewter cup that allows frost to form on the outside.

So, to get your Kentucky Derby party out of the gate fast, here are 5 high-horsepowered julep recipes—3 traditional with bourbon, and a couple not-so-traditional twists—that are simple to make and perfect for toasting the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.

  • The Basil Julep

    2 oz. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

    1 oz. simple syrup

    5 Mint Leaves - muddled

    Place ingredients into a pewter cup or highball glass. Stir. Fill glass with crushed ice.

  • Storyville Julep

    by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam Master Mixologist

    1 1/2 parts Knob Creek Bourbon

    1/2 part Thin Honey Syrup (3 parts honey, 2 parts water)

    1 1/2 parts Fresh Pressed Pineapple Juice

    6 Fresh Mint Leaves

    Club Soda

    Muddle pineapple juice, honey syrup and mint in a tall highball glass. Fill with ice, add Knob Creek Bourbon and stir top with club soda. Garnish with a pineapple clip and mint top.

  • Honey Bourbon Berry Smash

    8 mint leaves

    4 raspberries

    4 blackberries

    2 lemon wedges

    3 parts Bärenjäger honey and bourbon

    Muddle forst 4 ingredients and add Bärenjäger honey and bourbon. Add 1-2 ice cubes and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

  • Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Mint Julep

    2 oz. Ole Smoky Original Moonshine

    1 oz. Simple Syrup

    Fresh muddled lime and mint leaves

    Stir all ingredients with crushed ice. Perfect when served in a mason jar.

  • Southern Gentleman

    1 1/4 ounces Ketel One Oranje™ Flavored Vodka

    1/4 ounces peach schnapps

    1/4 ounces Fresh Lime Juice

    Lemon Lime Soda

    Orange Wheel for Garnish

    Pour Ketel One Oranje, peach schnapps, fresh lime juice and lemon lime soda into a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish with orange wheel.