One of the stereotypes of living in the South is that we sit in rocking chairs on front porches sipping Mint Juleps or Sweet Tea. Around Kentucky Derby time and in some areas of the South, this is true while in other areas, people still sit in rocking chairs on front porches sipping corn squeezin’s. Either way, the South is hot and humid, so finding ways to keep cool while enjoying the outdoors or indoors is necessary, and this Mint Julep Sweet Tea can do the trick.
Sweet tea is a staple in the South and is generally made with 1 cup sugar per 1 gallon of tea and served cold. Spring, summer, fall, or winter, Sweet Tea is always a drink of choice. Adding the Mint Julep to it? Sweet perfection in a glass that’s sure to cool you down on the hottest of summer days.
This refreshing cocktail, which can be made as a mocktail combines two Southern favorites and is perfect for entertaining in the backyard or sipping while in a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere. If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag #southerncooked. Enjoy!
Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Yield 4 cups
A refreshing way to keep cool. Make this delicious Mint Julep Sweet Tea as a cocktail or a mocktail.
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cups cold sweetened tea
- 1 cup bourbon and water
- Crushed ice
- Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
- Combine first 3 ingredients in a 2-qt. pitcher. Press mint leaves against sides of pitcher with back of spoon to release flavors. Stir in tea and bourbon.
- Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.
Variation: To create a mocktail, substitute vanilla extract (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Use one part vanilla and two parts water.
Substitutions: Other liquors that will work: Scotch, Cognac.
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.