Mint Julep Tea


Our Mint Julep Tea is a twist on the classic drink of the Kentucky Derby.

Mint Julep Tea
Yield: 3 quarts • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • 12 teaspoons mint green tea*
  • 12 cups cold water, divided
  • Clear cocktail ice cubes
  • 1 recipe Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Kentucky bourbon (optional)
  • Garnish: fresh mint leaves
  1. Place tea leaves in a 48-ounce or larger teapot. Set aside.
  2. In a teakettle, heat 6 cups water to 180°. Add hot water to prepared teapot, cover, and let steep for 3 minutes. Strain tea into a 3-quart or larger serving pitcher. Add remaining 6 cups water, stirring to blend. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. To serve, fill a silver julep cup with ice cubes. Pour mint tea over ice, and sweeten to taste with Simple Syrup. Add bourbon to taste, if desired.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.
* For testing purposes, our test kitchen used Simpson & Vail's Moroccan Mint Tea.

Simple Syrup
Yield: 2 cups • Preparation: 10 minutes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  1. In a small saucepan, heat water and sugar just until sugar dissolves, whisking to help dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate in a covered container until needed.

From TeaTime May/June 2009

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