Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep

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

A drink everyone can enjoy
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword julep, kentuckyderby, nonalcoholic, virgin
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Cost 15.00

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 2 quart pitchers

Ingredients

Drink

  • 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

Garnish

  • 1 each Mint sprig and lemon slice

Instructions

  • 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.

Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Julep Recipe

Get yourself a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon, the whiskey used at the Kentucky Derby and enjoy! (responsibly)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword alcohol, julep, kentucky, kentuckyderby, ky, mint, whiskey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 Cocktail
Cost $15

Equipment

  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Highball rock glasses or silver julep cups

Ingredients

Mint Syrup

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 bottle Woodford Reserve

Instructions

Mint Syrup

  • Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for a minute
  • Remove it from the heat and let it steep for about 30 minutes
  • Strain out the mint leaves and store in a jar

Making a Mint Julep

  • Add your mint leaves and simple syrup to a glass
  • Gently crush the mint leaves in the syrup, don’t crush them too much. A light crush will extract the oil from the leaves
  • Fill your glass with crushed ice (available at Speedway or Thorntons, the will charge, but not much)
  • Gently pour your Woodford Reserve over ice and mix until the glass is chilled
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves. It’s even better if you have the stems. Inserting the mint sprig into the drink brings out more of the mint's flavor.

Notes

Enjoy! Celebrate with this on your next Portal Planet zoom party!