Market Mint Julep Mocktail

Fragrant and slightly sweet, mint is easy to grow.

If you’ve ever tried to start an herb garden, you’d be crazy not to include mint. I’m speaking from personal experience, but I have found that mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow. Be careful though! It can quickly take over your garden.

When you find yourself with an excess of mint, we recommend using it in as many creative ways as possible, including in your drinks. Mint steeped in ice water with fresh fruit or cucumbers can be delicious! Below, we offer a take on the Kentucky Derby classic cocktail that is sure to bring some joy to your front porch.

While it may be tempting to use sugar in your simple syrup, the honey in this recipe offers a nice round flavor to balance the fizz of the ginger ale and tartness of the lemon. Grab some honey and your very own mint plant next Saturday at the market!

Sweet, minty and fizzy!

Market Mint Julep Mocktail

  • 1 c honey
  • mint leaves
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2L ginger ale

Start by making a honey mint simple syrup. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat, and add one cup of honey. Stir to dissolve, then add 10 mint leaves. Let cool.

Once cooled, remove mint leaves. Combine the ginger ale, 1 cup of the syrup and the lemon juice in a pitcher. Adjust sweetness (more simple syrup) or tartness (more lemon) as needed. Serve over ice with a mint leaf garnish!

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