Mint julep is a cocktail associated with the Kentucky Derby (Cuisine of the Southern United States). My version supposedly should use claret wine (bordeaux red wine) but it was substituted with Red grape juice or sparkling red grape juice for everyone who isn’t fond of or allowed any alcohol in their drink. It’s a mocktail for everyone!
Mint Julep Mocktail Recipe
4 cups water (1qt)
2 cups sugar
1 cup orange juice
Juice 8 lemons
2 cups red grape juice/ or sparkling red grape.
1 cup strawberry juice
12 sprigs fresh mint
14 cups boiling water
Make syrup by boiling 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar for twenty minutes.
Separate mint in pieces, add to the boiling water.
Cover, and let stand in warm place, after five minutes, strain, and add to syrup.
Add fruit juices, and cool. (If using sparkling juice, add it prior to serving the chilled drinks).
Pour into a punch- bowl/large pitchers, and chill in the fridge for hours. Serve individually with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.