It’s Mint Julep Day! For Kids, Too–With This Recipe!


For a lot of people, the first Saturday of May is Mint Julep Day. That’s when the Kentucky Derby is held, and people fly in to Louisville to watch horses run and drink Mint Juleps. Because that’s fancy. Today, however, is May 30th, and that’s the bonafide official Mint Julep Day. And that’s why we’re going to revisit our Mint Julep Recipe for Kids–because it’s impolite to leave the kids out of the fun, and it’s even worse to serve them some bourbon.

This recipe is also a lot more fun than just throwing some mint into a glass of water. You’ll be using ginger ale instead of bourbon as the main ingredient–but be sure to serve those kids their drinks in a different kind of glass than the grown-ups are using. We recommend paper cups, or bright red plastic ones. That’s just part of being a responsible host…

  • 4-5 Mint Sprigs
  • 1 ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 cup Cold Water
  • ¾ cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 ½ qts Ginger Ale
  • Lemon Slices

Remove the stems from the mint and rinse.  Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium sized bowl, blend well.  Pour mixture into a large pitcher.  Add mint sprigs and let stand for about half an hour.  Add ginger ale to mixture.  Pour into a cup filled with crushed ice and serve with a lemon slice to garnish.