Mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, consisting primarily of bourbon, sugar, water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint. As a bourbon-based cocktail, it is associated with the American South and the cuisine of the Southern United States in general, and the Kentucky Derby in particular.
Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep
- Large mixing bowl
- 2 quart pitchers
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 1/2 cups cups sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves chopped
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 quarts Ginger Ale chilled
- 6 cups crushed ice check your local gas station. I'm pretty sure you can get crushed ice in a container
- 1 each Mint sprig and lemon slice
- In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar, lemon juice and mint. Let stand for at least 45 minutes.
- Strain and discard mint.
- Place ice cubes in two 2-qt. pitchers; add half of the lemon mixture and ginger ale to each.
- Garnish each glass with lemon and mint.