With Derby Day nearly here, it’s time to make up a batch of the Best Mint Julep Recipe with Ginger and Lemon! It’s an adaptation of a Lemon Ginger Mint Julep recipe that Gail Simmons, the host of Bravo's Top Chef, created for Pure Leaf Iced Tea a few years back.
You can keep it as a mint julep mocktail or turn it into a bourbon mint julep. Either drink should be delightful!
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Healthing up the best mint julep recipe
Using sugar free syrups in your best mint julep recipe helps lower the calories, plus it’s so much easier than making it from scratch.
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!
If possible, use an unsweetened lemon flavored iced tea. Or you can use unsweetened ice tea and add sugar free lemon syrup to it.
How to serve the Best Mint Julep Recipe
Traditionally, you serve a mint julep cocktail recipe in silver mint julep cups. If you’re a Southerner, your grandmother probably has real sterling mint julep cups – that you can borrow. Luckily, they sell crystal mint julep cups online, which are more affordably priced.
Love to imbibe in a bourbon mint julep on warm summer evenings? Try this recipe for a Mint Julep from Shake, Stir, Pour–Fresh Homegrown Cocktails.
Best Mint Julep with Ginger and Lemon
- In an old fashioned glass, muddle ginger simple syrup with mint leaves. (Muddle means “to crush.” You can use a pestle, a muddler bar tool, or the back of a spoon.)
- Add ice. If using bourbon, add it to the glass. Then pour in the iced tea. Stir well.
- Top with a splash of lemon seltzer water and garnish with a slice of candied ginger and a sprig of mint.
- Serving size: 1 drink
Originally published on May 4, 2012. Updated with new pictures and information.
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