Happy Derby Day!! Well almost, it’s this Sunday, but I can still get excited. Besides big hats, super fast horses and getting to dress up, one of my favorite things is the juleps! This is a twist on the traditional julep adding in some sweet tea. It makes it more Southern and not as boozy tasting. You can’t go wrong with a minty sweet tea cocktail!

Sweet Tea Julep
(Adapted from Southern Fatty)

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3 oz Kentucky bourbon
8-10 mint leaves
¼ lemon, sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup sweet tea
crushed ice
extra mint leaves for garnish

Combine bourbon, mint, sugar and lemon slices in glass.

Press the ingredients together gently (you don’t need to smash the leaves completely– just break the seals of the stem veins) with a wooden spoon/muddler.

Add tea and crushed ice. Stir well.

Typically served in a stainless glass with a holdable rim to chill glass and drink completely.

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