Alcohol-free Mint Julep Recipe
Ah, the mint julep. A boozy drink straight from the South, emblematic of the Kentucky Derby. This cocktail’s almost mandatory for a summer day in that part of the country. Legend states that the mint julep was born when a man came to the Mississippi River looking for water to add to his whiskey. In the process, he found wild mint and was inspired to add a few leaves to his drink. In doing that, he created the Mint Julep, one of the most iconic cocktails in the United States.
Way back in the day, a breakfast table in Virginia wasn’t complete without a silver goblet of crushed ice and spirits. Nowadays, you may not live the kind of lifestyle that warrants drinking whiskey before 10:00 a.m. At Seir Hill, we found ourselves in the same position, which is why we engineered Mashville™, an alcohol-free whiskey that doesn’t sacrifice taste or mouth-feel.
With Mashville™, the most challenging part of mixing a mint julep mocktail is packing the crushed ice.
For this non-alcoholic mint julep, you’ll need:
- 8 mint leaves
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces Mashville™
- 1 mint spring (for garnish)
If you want to accentuate the flavor even more, try throwing non-alcoholic bitters in.
Mixing Your Mint Julep Mocktail
For a non-alcoholic mint julep, you should ready a lowball glass if you don’t have a designated Julep cup. The first thing to do is to muddle the leaves in the glass with your simple syrup. Make sure to do it gently, as bruising the mint will tarnish the flavor.
Next you add the Mashville™, and then fill the glass tight with crushed ice. Once you do that, you’ll want to stir until the glass is nicely frosted on the surface.
With your glass frosted, you top with more crushed ice to create a sort of dome shape. Then you can garnish with a spring of mint and even add a few drops of bitters.
Enjoying Your Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep
Now that you have your mint julep mocktail, you may be curious as to the best way to enjoy it. The tradition of the mint julep is relatively outdated these days, but there are little snippets you may use to enhance your experience.
You may want to consider setting the straws aside and instead choosing to serve your Mashville™ Mint Julep with spoons instead. This is how they did it way back in the South, as the dipping and sipping allow the mint’s flavor to shine. They would also sometimes drop a fresh cherry, peach, or strawberry before doming the rest of the ice. This makes a nice splash of color for your mint julep mocktail.
But however you choose to serve it, using Mashville™ for your mint julep will give your drink a clove-forward hit that’s sure to impress you and those you drink with. Mint juleps have gotten Southerners through many a sweltering day, and when you make it for yourself, you can capture relief from the heat within the confines of a glass.
And you can do all that without a drop of liquor when you pour with Seir Hill’s Mashville™.