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.
Print Sweet Tea Mint Juleps
- 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.
Orignally published April 16, 2015.
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