A Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep Everyone Can Enjoy at the Kentucky Derby

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No celebration of the Kentucky Derby seems quite right without a Mint Julep. That cool, refreshing drink of summer. While most contain alcohol, we were looking for something different. Here is our non-alcoholic mint julep everyone can enjoy at the Kentucky Derby.



The Today Show reports, “Mint juleps were served at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, at the racetrack’s inception in 1875 and became a track staple in 1938, when they sold for 38 cents apiece in souvenir glasses, according to Fred Minnick [of the Kentucky Derby Museum]. From 1938 through 1952 less than 100,000 Kentucky Derby glasses were annually produced. As of February this year, 500,472 julep glasses have been made for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.”

And that famous sterling cup? It too has a history. It wasn’t introduced until 1951.

“The julep cup, which features a small horseshoe and holds 12 fluid ounces, plays an important role in Kentucky Derby folklore. Traditionally, the governor of Kentucky salutes the victorious Derby owner with a toast at the fashionable Winner’s Party following the race.”

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A Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep Everyone Can Enjoy at the Kentucky Derby

No celebration of the Kentucky Derby seems quite right without a Mint Julep. That cool, refreshing drink of summer. While most contain alcohol, we were looking for something different. Here is our non-alcoholic mint julep everyone can enjoy at the Kentucky Derby.

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  • Yield: About 4 quarts

Ingredients

  • 1  1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1  1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1  1/2 quarts Ginger Ale, chilled
  • 5-6 cups ice cubes

GARNISH

  1. Mint and Lemon Slices

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar, lemon juice and mint. Let stand for at least 45 minutes.

Strain and discard mint. Place ice cubes in two 2-qt. pitchers; add half of the lemon mixture and ginger ale to each. Garnish each glass with lemon and mint.



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