Monday, June 27, 2011

Mint Juleps (non-alcoholic)

I know, I know, this is a major no no to some of you but let me explain.  Well I guess there is not much to explain except that my husband loves "drinks" (seriously when we go to restaurants he drinks at least 6 different flavors of lemonade before our meal comes out) and we don't drink alcoholic beverages so this leads me to finding creative ways to make yummy, delicious drinks for him.

This particular one started about 9 years ago.  We were in the middle of law school (and by that I mean really my hubby was going to school but I was doing all the behind the scenes stuff like cleaning the house, making food, taking care of 3 kids, so really he couldn't of done school with out me--any one else with me on this?!!?).  He had a group of would-be attorneys that got together with their wives monthly to eat dinner and unwind.  

One of them, Steve, loved mint juleps.  Every time we got together, he had an ice cold pitcher of mint juleps waiting for us--oh was it heaven in the summer!  Back then I wasn't into asking people for recipes, mostly because too many people would say, "that's a family secret".  Seriously--it's a recipe but that topic is for another day.  So I never asked Steve how he made it.

Well this past Father's Day I wanted to make the hubs a knock your socks off drink that he would love.  A lovely Russian lady had just given us some fresh mint from her garden and I knew what I was going to make.  After scouring the internet and finding many comments about how it was a disgrace to not add alcohol to this lovely drink, I decided to risk it and we came up with a delicious, amazing creation that we all loved, even the kids.  They kept asking for more "juice" and probably drank more than the hubby, which says a lot!

This would be amazing for any family friendly bbq and perfect for hot summer nights.

Mint Juleps (non-alcoholic)

6 mint leaves, rinsed
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 c. cold water
3/4 c. lemon juice
4 c. fresca (or any flavor of lemon-lime soda pop)
2 c. ginger ale

1.  Place sugar, water and lemon juice in large bowl.  Mix until sugar dissolves and add mint leaves.  Let sit for 1 hour.  Fill a large pitcher with ice and pour sugar, lemon juice mixture over ice.  You can discard the mint leaves at this time.  We left them in because we wanted a stronger mint flavor.  Add fresca and ginger ale.  Serve and enjoy!


Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Looks yummy! Ever since reading The Great Gatsby I have known I must have a mint julep someday.

SharleneT said...

Perfect! Just the ticket for a hot summer's eve. BTW, I'm with you on the degree thing. Have a great day.

carolinaheartstrings said...

What a wonderful drink. I cannot wait to try it.

liZ evans said...

I don't know you but I love you...i lOVE Mint Juleps...we even have mint growing in our backyard so I can make them...only problem is I haven't found a way to make them as good as I get them at other places.

I am so excited to try your recipe! THank you for sharing!

Traci Michele said...


Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations
(come see my frappe recipe!)

Mindy said...

I am SO making this this weekend. I'm "pinning" it for the recipe. YUM!!!

SandyPants said...

Sounds delish!! I found you on What's Cooking Wednesday :) One of my fave summer things is relaxing on the deck with good friends and good drinks. This Mint Julep will definetly be making an appearance soon! Go check out my easy recipe for Sangria (includes both the loaded and unloaded version).

Cheers! ~ SandyPants

Miz Helen said...

Cool, refreshing and delicious, I am wishing it was in my hand right now. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
Miz Helen

Mandy said...

These look so refreshing! Please come link them up to my Totally Tasty Tuesdays!

Krissa said...

Sounds like a perfect summer drink and a good way to use the mint taking over my planter box. :)

Stacia said...

Sounds lovely! I am looking for some delicious non-alcoholic drink recipes this summer. I love that you made a classic without needing the booze!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

I have never had a Mint Julep due to it having alcohol. So now I can try it! :)

*Fresca..I have not seen this in ages! I love this with fresh lime added!

Thank you for linking up to "Made it on Monday!

Heather said...

What a perfect drink for summer! I love mint!!

Dave Velasco said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will be trying it later and if I do make it great and tasteful, I'll probably make such on Christmas eve. Thanks.

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Melissa said...

Super excited to find this little gem via Google! In LOVE with your site, theme, pictures, colors. So glad I have extra mint growing which lead me here!

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