How to Make a Mint Julep Iced Tea Cocktail

Updated on December 9, 2019
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I’m a homegrown southern woman who loves to drink a tasty mint julep.



  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mint sprigs, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 4 tea bags
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Lemon slices
  • Crushed ice


  1. Bring 2 cups water, sugar, and mint leaves to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  2. Remove from heat, and add tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags, and add the cold water and lemon juice.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add bourbon to tea. Fill glasses with crushed ice. Pour in tea, and garnish with lemon and mint.

About Mint Julep Iced Tea

This yummy iced tea is a mix of the best two classic Southern drinks: mint juleps and sweet tea. I love both of these drinks and cannot get enough of them. This drink contains sweet tea infused with fresh mint, then mixes bourbon and lemon for a delicious drink that's served over ice for a refreshing summer drink that you will love.

If you love mint juleps (and who doesn't), but it can be a bit much for you on a summer day, the iced tea version is the answer for you. You can't taste the alcohol as much, but still has lots of bourbon and a yummy mint flavor.

I know you will fall in love with this recipe and probably will want to make these all summer long. I like to grow my mint for this drink in my front yard. Just one plant will yield enough for a summer full of mint julep iced teas. You can buy a starter plant at your local garden center and plant it in a pot, and you're all set.

How to Make a Mint Julep

5 Mint Julep Fun Facts

  1. A mint julep is traditionally made with just mint leaves, bourbon, sugar, and ice.
  2. Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in the south, and in Kentucky in particular.
  3. The first time a mint julep recipe was printed in a book by John Davis. The book was published in London in 1803, where it was described as “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.”
  4. It takes 7,800 liters of bourbon and 2,250 pounds of mint to make the 120,000 mint juleps sold at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby weekend.
  5. May 30th is National Mint Julep Day.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know below. I look forward to hearing from you.

© 2017 Brenda


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