Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins


  1. rinse mint and discard stems.
  2. Mix sugar, water, and juice in medium bowl.
  3. Stir in mint leaves.
  4. Let stand 30 minutes.
  5. Fill large pitcher with ice.
  6. Strain liquid over ice.
  7. Add ginger ale and lemon slices.
  8. Serve in tall glasses with lemon slices to garnish.
Most Helpful

My 12 yo DD made this for her annual 4-H Foods Revue as part of her assigned category for a "Kentucky Derby Day Brunch/Tea". This was the first julep either of us has tasted. While I found the lemon and mint a nice combination, I didn't care for the syrupy sweetness so much. I believe having some bourbon or even brandy would definitely cut the sugar! Of course, 4-H'ers wouldn't be serving that, :-) so we didn't add it, but I sure would for a home-serving of it! I would make again, but with less sugar and more lemon and gingerale. I can see how it would certainly be refreshing in the hot summertime (we had it in April) under the shade of a leafy tree, looking out across the verandah! We added several lemon zest strips to the bottom of the glass--which the judge thought was a nice touch, too--with a lemon slice notched to the edge of the glass for a sunny burst of color.

Debber April 30, 2008

A great refreshing drink. Made these for a birthday party, and everyone said "Wow". I like that the syrup is not cooked. Instead of letting it stand for 30 minutes, I let it stand in the refrigerator for a couple of days, then poured over ice and added the ginger ale. Thanks for a great summer, nonalcoholic drink!

Madray7 April 09, 2008

Wow! I was curious about these, but as I've never had a mint julep (since I don't drink booze), I had no idea what to expect. These are very tasty indeed. I skipped the lemon garnish, as I just made a glass of it instead of a pitcher. The lemon goes very well with the ginger ale, and the mint flavor is subtle but not overwhelmed. Overall a very refreshing, summery drink!

Halcyon Eve April 29, 2006