The horses are approaching their gates and the Kentucky Derby is almost underway. While the most popular cocktail to enjoy while watching is of course the mint julep, there are so many other great bourbon cocktails worth stirring up for a change to tradition.

These seven cocktails, all made with Kentucky bourbon, are great any time of the year, but are simply perfect when watching the Derby. 

Read on for the cocktails and be sure to let us know what you'll be drinking as the horses hit their stride in the comments below.

These cocktails originally appeared in an article by Maryse Chevriere, Editor at The Daily Meal.