A while back my husband and I went out to dinner and while he browsed the beverage menu, I thought about actually getting a drink. I mean, some of those little cocktails looked absolutely delicious. All the colors and fruits.
The thing is, though, that I really don’t drink anything with alcohol in it. It isn’t that I can’t but the truth is that I don’t like the flavor of alcohol. I can tolerate a few wines but that’s about it. Maybe my palette isn’t refined enough or something but every time I try any sort of alcoholic beverage I end up regretting it immediately.
But then I saw the Mint Julep. And I love mint. I really wanted to have one but I really didn’t want the gin.
So I decided to play with a friends suggestions and make a virgin version of this drink.
Turns out you don’t need the gin to create a delicious Mint Julep. All you need is a bottle of ginger ale, some sugar, lemon juice and, of course, mint.
The best part? I can drink more than a glass of this and still drive! I’m a big fan of that!
On the flip side, this drink is so yummy that I caught my kids stealing sips every time I turned my back.
It’s a good thing I don’t keep any alcohol in this house or I’d have to worry about them. The little drink thieves! 😉
But I can’t blame them in this case. This drink is crisp, cool and refreshing. I’m thinking it’s going to make an appearance at my next family gathering. Maybe.
If I don’t drink it all before my guest arrive.
Want to make it too? It’s so easy!
- 2 liter bottle of Ginger Ale
- 2 cups of lemon juice
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 2 bunches of mint
- crushed ice
- In a saucepan, combine water, sugar and lemon juice. Heat while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Chill.
- While the lemon mixture is chilling, clean your mint. pull a few leaves off the bunches to use as garnishes.
- Once the lemon mixture is cool, pour it over the mint leaves in a container. Place in the refrigerator and let set for about an hour.
- In a large pitcher, combine the mint and lemon mixture with the bottle of ginger ale. Add crushed and stir.
- Serve garnished with a few mint leaves.