A blend of two favorite southern drinks, this Sweet Tea Mint Julep is perfect for Derby Day or a leisurely afternoon spent in a rocking chair on the front porch.
Sweet tea infused with fresh mint is combined with bourbon and lemon and served over ice for a cool and refreshing cocktail.
If you like a Mint Julep, but it can be a bit much for you, a Sweet Tea Mint Julep is the answer. It packs a little less punch as far as the alcohol, but still has plenty of bourbon and mint flavor.
Plus, who can resist a glass of cold sweet tea?
Now, you’re probably going to want to make these Sweet Tea Mint Juleps all summer long, not just for Derby Day. You’re going to need a supply of fresh mint and it is super easy to grow.
Just one plant will yield enough for a summer full of Sweet Tea Mint Juleps. You can buy a starter plant at your local garden center or Home Depot and plant it in a pot or in the ground.
If you plant it in the ground, be prepared. Mint is very prolific. It will attempt to take over a good portion of your yard and you’ll have to invite the whole town over for Mint Juleps to even make a dent in it.
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- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 to 6 mint leaves
- 2 family-sized tea bags (I use Luzianne)
- 3 cups water
- ¾ to 1 cup bourbon
- crushed ice
- lemon slices
- mint sprigs
- Bring 2 cups water, sugar, and mint leaves to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.
- Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for about 5 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and add 3 cups cold water.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Add bourbon to tea mixture. Fill glasses with crushed ice. Add tea mixture and garnish with lemon and mint. Squeeze lemon into drink if desired.