Orange Julep

  • serves 4
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

The traditional Kentucky mint julep served at the Kentucky Derby is fresh mint muddled with sugar, bourbon with lots of ice. But a "julep" can be a sweet drink with any variety of liquor, water, sugar and sometime mint. This julep is a non-alcoholic drink but you could boose it up with rum, vodka or bourbon.

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Directions for: Orange Julep


¼ cup sugar (60 ml)

¼ cup water (60 ml)

2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed or store-bought (500 ml)

Juice of 3 limes

¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped (60 ml)

1 cup carbonated water (250 ml)

Ice, for filling glasses

12 fresh mint leaves, for garnish

4 orange slices, for garnish


1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer for 3 minutes, or just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool completely.

2. In a large measuring cup or serving jug, mix together the simple syrup with the orange juice, mint and lime juice. Let sit for 5 minutes so that the flavours blend together.

3. Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Pour ½ cup of the orange mix into each glass and top with ¼ cup of carbonated water into each glass. Garnish with orange slices and mint leaves. Serve immediately. Yield: Serves 4

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