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Mock Mint Julep

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing

Makes

13 servings (about 3 quarts)

Here's an alcohol-free spin on this time-honored, Southern beverage. Fresh mint, tangy lemom and ginger ale fizz make for pleasant sipping. —Annette Grahl Midway, Kentucky

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 mint sprigs
  • 5 cups ice cubes
  • 2-1/2 cups ginger ale, chilled
  • Lemon slices and additional mint, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar, lemon juice and mint. Let stand for at least 45 minutes.
  2. Strain and discard mint. Place ice cubes in two 2-qt. pitchers; add half of the lemon mixture and ginger ale to each. Garnish with lemon and mint if desired.

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