My daughter is horse obsessed so we decided to throw a little afternoon Kentucky Derby party in the yard with her play horses, big hat and an iced cold virgin mint julep. She loved racing her horses around the yard and I loved watching her brother try to ride them. Fun was had by all the the mint juleps were the perfect thing to cool off.
Virgin Mint Julep Recipe
8 bags of decaffeinated black tea
a bunch of mint, plus some pretty sprigs
minted simple syrup – recipe to follow
Place 8 tea bags into a standard tea pot. My tea pot has a mesh insert and that’s what stuck the mint into or you could just put them in the pot and strain later. Pour boiling hot water into the pot and let steep for 20 minutes. In the mean time, heat 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup water with about 6 torn mint leaves tossed in. Heat until sugar is melted, then remove and allow to cool. Pour the tea into a pitcher and place in the fridge to cool. Once both the simple syrup and tea has cooled fill a cup with ice. Pour the tea over the ice and leave enough room for sweetener. Use about 1 tablespoon of sweetener, depending on how big your glass is and how sweet you like it. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
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