We have a spring cocktail inspired by the derby! This sweet tea julep is refreshing enough to enjoy throughout the hot summer months. Switch in Earl Grey or mint tea as desired. We love the mint julep.
Mint Tea Julep
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup water
• 4 English breakfast tea bags
• About 1 cup of fresh mint
• 1 cup bourbon
• 1 3/4 cups chilled seltzer water
• Lime wedges, for garnish
• Mint sprigs, for garnish
Mint Julep Instructions
- Dissolve sugar and water in a saucepan over high heat, bring to boil, and reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer until sugar is dissolved and mixture thickens slightly, about 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add tea bags and mint to sugar syrup; steep 20 minutes.
- Discard tea bags and mint. Bring to room temperature and chill until needed. This syrup can be made ahead and kept in the fridge, covered.
- When ready to drink, pour tea mixture into a pitcher, add bourbon, and gently stir in seltzer water.
- Serve in a Mason jar or highball glass and garnish with mint sprigs and a lime wedge. Serve immediately.
Loni has a culinary certificate from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, as well as a B.S. in Nutrition from Boston University. When she isn’t cooking with Leah, she is changing the lives of young cooks at Future Chefs and Beaver Country Day Camp. Leah is a graduate student of Boston University, working on her M.S. in Dietetics with the Dietetic Internship. In addition to training for the Boston Marathon, she is also teaching fitness classes at the Cambridge Athletic Club.
How did Loni and Leah meet? Loni and Leah volunteered together in a six-week Cooking Matters class. They connected right away over delicious food and pink wine. They currently teach a series of healthy cooking classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education, which have been featured in the Boston Globe’s “Weekend to Do List.” You can find their recipes on the Boston Center for Adult Education’s blog and in the American Dietetic Association’s Eat Right Newsletter.