Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mint Julep

I bought a mint plant and have had fun making my own mint julep. It is also tasty with just carbonated water, but I really like the ginger flavor!

Mint Julep

1 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
Zest and juice from 2 lemons
1 c. fresh mint leaves, washed and chopped fine
Ginger Ale

Boil water, sugar, and lemon zest for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in juice. Bruise mint leaves and add to mixture, stirring. Let stand for a few hours; then strain into a jar with lid. Refrigerate until serving. (May store 2 to 3 weeks.)

When making the julep, pour ginger ale into glasses and add syrup to taste (2 to 4 tablespoons per serving). Garnish with mint leaves and/or fresh raspberries. Serves 10 to 15. Note: This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled for use at parties or for serving large numbers of guests.