Lemon & Mint Julep

As I've gotten older I've learned to accept a few things about myself. For starters, I will ALWAYS choose the wrong lane to be in at the grocery store. You should stay away from me when I'm waiting in line because the lane is guaranteed to be cursed. I currently have at least 30 gray hairs on my head and it will only get worse. That's what happens when your dad went fully gray at 27. I remember being younger and thinking that I'd never have to color my hair if I didn't want to. Duhhh.

I've also accepted the fact that when I drink bourbon, I start craving things like Cheez-Its and Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits. And when I'm drinking bourbon, my guard is down and I absolutely inhale said cheesy things. But it's cool. No!  I've accepted this.

What I haven't accepted is the fact that I can't eat just one Coconut Lime Bar...

That's gonna take awhile.

And we're off!

Ingredient gathering. This drink is strong and GOOD. Essential elements to a boozey drink, I say!

Mint & sugar in a jar. Add a little bit of water & lemon juice. MUDDLE.

If you don't have a muddler because you packed it and you don't know what box it's in...use the back of a wooden spoon.

This a note to self. I couldn't find my muddler...This spoon totes worked.

Hardest part is coming up! Pouring 2 oz. of bourbon.

It's hard...because I tend to spill things. I've accepted that though.

Fill your jar with crushed ice. Add the bourbon, give it a little stir...

Stick a lemon wedge on the side...

Give it a squeeze and drop it in. Lemon Mint BOURBON. I'm down.

You are invited to eat as many Cheez-Its as you want.

Accept my invitation!

Lemon & Mint Julep

makes 1

recipe adapted slightly from Everyday Food

  • 5-6 sprigs mint
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • crushed ice
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • lemon wedge & mint, for garnish

Combine mint, sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon water, and lemon juice in a glass. Mash gently with the back of a wooden spoon until mint is bruised. Fill glass with crushed ice, add Bourbon, and stir until combined. Serve with a lemon wedge & a sprig of mint.

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  • May 14, 2012

    Totally want to make these! Unseasonally warm spring days entice me to sit under the tree with a beverage like this! Thanks.

  • May 14, 2012

    This sounds so awesome! Love it!

  • May 14, 2012

    I picture drinking this while eating fried chicken.

    We're on a Rye kick out our house so I'm going to try this with rye, and then maybe one with bourbon. I'll let you know how it goes.

  • May 14, 2012

    Good GRIEF, almighty. I'm in! And I've accepted the fact that I'm a booze hound. But it's FINE. I like it. I like me. And booze.

  • Michelle
    May 14, 2012

    If it's wrong to love Bourbon and all things cheesy, than I don't want to be right.

  • May 14, 2012

    Love the idea of citrus zing in a julep + has to be peppermint because spearmint=yuck - am I the only one? Thanks Tracy, this looks delish!

  • I add lemon to an absurd amount of food- this sounds terrific! Thanks for posting!

  • May 14, 2012

    I need to find other perfect summer drinks or I'll just end up making this all the time... and maybe I'll sober up by fall.

  • Oh my! Is it strange to have a crush on a beverage? Cause I'm seriously lusting after this right now...I want to take this drink out on a date and maybe introduce it to my parents.

  • May 14, 2012

    Oooh. I want this NOW, but I'm at work. Gonna have to wait until I get my hands on some mint.
    Cheez its are the bomb. I hate when I'm having a snickety snacky night and munch on everything. I end up grabbing the kid's snack container and seeing what's edible. Everything from bagged cheese popcoen (yes please) to fruit by the foot and poptarts. So bad, but soooo goooood.

  • May 14, 2012

    This is going to be something I'll be drinking very, very soon. I love bourbon a little too much!

  • May 14, 2012

    I love that you have an ice bucket (well, a bucket of ice) cuz that means a serious party. Love this and will plan on making some soon! Yum.

  • May 14, 2012

    Love the mason jars and the homespun muddle system.

  • May 14, 2012

    Please. Bring. Now. Thank. You.

  • May 14, 2012

    Hey, I have a friend who started going grey at age 19; she is currently rocking big chunks in her otherwise dark brown hair. Embrace it! Especially while drinking some of these excellent-looking juleps. I could use one right now, please. :)

  • 1. I always choose the wrong checkout line too. And worse? I hit every red light. Every. Red. Light. Like if I'm in a car with someone and they comment that they're having rotten luck with the lights I feel the need to apologize.

    2. My grey hairs are all wiry, so though they should just blend in with my pretty fair dirty blond hair, they literally stick out like a sore thumb. Dang!

    3. Bourbon forever! And I seriously have like 6 mint leaves leftover that I couldn't decide what to do with. Fate.

  • May 15, 2012

    Ha! I will keep that in mind next time we go grocery shopping together ;) I have been very surprised to discover an increasing number of gray hairs on my head...I still haven't accepted that.

  • May 16, 2012

    I love lemon mint juleps! My recipe uses a lemon mint syrup though: http://lollingabout.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/wasted-wednesday-lemon-mint-juleps/
    They're a great way to get tipsy and yet still feel classy.

  • May 16, 2012

    Fresh mint and alcohol...what's not to love? Looks tasty and your photos are beautiful.

  • May 17, 2012

    WOW what a refreshing drink. CHEERS!

    • Tracy
      May 18, 2012

      cheers, Jane!!!!

  • June 14, 2013

    how many ways can i say thank you? i'll be taking a helping from the mint patch tonight!

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