Kentucky Derby Lemon Ginger Mint Julep

Sip on a Kentucky Derby Lemon Ginger Mint Julep at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Since I’m moving Georgia at the end of the month, I better practice making real Southern cocktails like mint juleps. Since the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, I can’t think of a better time to try Gail Simmons', the host of Bravo's Top Chef, recipe for Lemon Ginger Mint Julep using Pure Leaf Iced Tea.  You can make this a cocktail or a mocktail – either way should be delightful!

To health up this mint julep recipe, use sugar free ginger flavored coffee syrup instead of the Ginger Simple Syrup. If you can’t find sugar free ginger, a good substitute would be a sugar free lime, peach or lemon syrup like those made by Torani. You can further reduce calories by using unsweetened Pure Leaf Iced Tea, then adding  a dropperful or two of lemon flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia and maybe some apricot or orange flavored liquid stevia, too!

To make this even healthier, make a batch of my Sugar Free Candied Ginger. Delicious and so much better for you than the dried out stuff you find at the store!

Sip on a Kentucky Derby Lemon Ginger Mint Julep at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Kentucky Derby Lemon Ginger Mint Julep

Ingredients

For Lemon Ginger Mint Julep:

  • 3 tablespoons ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 6 to 8 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1.5 ounces Ice
  • Kentucky Bourbon (optional)
  • 1 cup Lemon Pure Leaf Iced Tea
  • Cold club soda
  • Candied ginger, for garnish

For Ginger Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute like Swerve Sweetener 
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Directions

For Lemon Ginger Mint Julep:

  1. In an old fashioned glass, muddle ginger simple syrup with mint leaves. (Muddle means “to crush.” You can use a pestle or the back of a spoon.)
  2. Add ice.
  3. If using bourbon, add it to the glass. Then pour in the Lemon Pure Leaf Iced Tea.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a slice of candied ginger and a sprig of mint.

For Ginger Simple Syrup:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the ginger, sugar, and water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and then set aside to cool.
  3. Strain the syrup and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Makes one drink and 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup.
  • Serving size: 1 drink

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