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Sweet Tea Mint Juleps

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.

Two Sweet Tea Mint Juleps with mint sprigs.


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?

Two Mint Juleps in glasses with lemon slices and mint.


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.

Sweet Tea Mint Juleps with bottle of bourbon.


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Two Sweet Tea Mint Juleps with mint sprigs.

Sweet Tea Mint Juleps

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.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 8 minutes
TOTAL: 18 minutes


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 to 6 mint leaves
  • 2 family-sized tea bags, I use Luzianne
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 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.


Calories: 293kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: bourbon, Kentucky Derby

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Orignally published April 16, 2015.

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17 thoughts on “Sweet Tea Mint Juleps”

  1. This is a sweetly refreshing adult beverage which my husband and I often enjoy on summer weekends. We’ve been making a half pitcher of this delightful mint infused tea and bourbon for a few years now, and I truly appreciate the recipe!

  2. It looks so refreshing. This is a great beverage to have in the summer. Thank you for the amazing recipe

  3. Lea Andersen

    Lemon is just wonderful. My husband loved mixing drinks and he is in love with lemon. I’ll suggest to him to plant lemon in our garden so we can save money. haha, Anyways, since summer is approaching so fast, drinks like this will be a big help for refreshment. I’ll ask my husband to prepare it after he prepare cocktails hong kong, Joe’s elixir =)

  4. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    You’ve made this southern girl very happy! I would love it if you would link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  5. Trina Garcia

    This is the perfect drink to energize a almost always tired body like… me. Imagine having this heavenly beverage along with a nice Rihanna’s song. Oh girl, that’s a fantastic scenario. Thank you for this wonderful recipe dear.

  6. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    I can rarely resist a glass of sweet tea! This looks perfect. Love mint with tea.

  7. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    You’re right Christin, I would want this on Derby day AND non-Derby days! 🙂 It looks so refreshing for summer! Pinned.

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love how refreshing this drink looks, Christin! I don’t think I’ve had one quite like this. I love the mint flavor in here!

  9. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    That cocktail looks so refreshing! Will have to try on one of the hot summer days coming up! I never end up using most of the mint that I plant, so this will help with that! 🙂

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