Did you know that May 30th is National Mint Julep day? We love iced tea at our home and who can resist finding different ways to serve that tea, and Mint Julep day gave us the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe. The mint julep has been around for centuries in the United States. It originated in the eighteen century in the southern states. Popularity grew in the agricultural regions of the east and southeast, where farmers woke at dawn. It was said the julep was originally a morning drink as the spirited equivalent of coffee in today’s society. “One sip and Pow! The farmers were ready to face the long day.” Can you imagine coming into the office today and your boss giving you a mint julep? Maybe we would all be a little more productive.
The Mint Julep is more recently associated with a favorite yearly American past time. For the last 18 years the mint julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. Today Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 juleps over the two-day event.
We love the all American nature of this drink, so we decided to create our own version. It took awhile to come up with the perfect concoction, although no one at headquarters was complaining about going through our trials and errors to create this recipe. 😉
- 8 mint leaves
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 cup bourbon
- 3 cups cold Ginger & Lime Green Rooibos tea
- Cubed or crushed ice
- Brew your Ginger & Lime Green Rooibos tea following one of our many iced tea recipe options (Hot, Cold brew or sun tea).
- Add your mint leaves, lemon, bourbon, and crushed ice.
- Stir and serve immediately or wait about 30 min to 1 hour to allow the flavors to all infuse.
- Sip and enjoy!
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