A perfect choice for your Kentucky Derby Party, to serve adults who would rather skip the booze but still enjoy a Mint Julep, is the non-alcoholic Mint Julep. If you have kids at your party, they can also enjoy these juleps.
Because the sugar-mint mixture takes a few minutes to mix and then 45 minutes to meld the flavors, be sure to make more than enough at once to serve all your guests.
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cold water
5 cups crushed ice
2-1/2 cups chilled ginger ale
3/4 cup lemon juice
6 mint springs (at least – no stems)
Lemon slices for garnish if you wish
Mix sugar, cold water, lemon juice and at least six mint sprigs (crush the mint to release the flavor) in a bowl and let stand for 45 minutes for flavors to meld. Strain mixture and remove mint.
Using two 2 quart pitchers place half of the sugar-mint mixture and half of the ginger ale in each pitcher. Top with additional mint sprigs in the pitchers or use for each glass. Set out lemon slices separately for guests to add to their drinks.
This recipe makes approximately 3 quarts of Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep
About 12 – 8 ounce cups
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