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This mint mocktail is not only super refreshing and delicious. My kids loved drinking it during the Kentucky Derby and then the rest of the Summer. There’s no added sugar, just 5 simple ingredients, which make this minty Mint Julep Mocktail shine!
This weekend, my daughters and I had a great time dressing up in our big hats to watch the Kentucky Derby. In honor of the race, I whipped up some refreshing Mint Julias for everyone to enjoy. My girls loved the mint, strawberries, and cucumbers (especially garnishing the cup with the cucumber rind.)
How to Make this Minty Mint Mocktail-The Mint Julia
1 oz coconut water (per person)
2 oz seltzer water (per person)
handful of strawberries (diced)
handful of fresh mint
handful (about 1 cup) of sliced cucumbers
Take your cucumber and slice around the rind. Keep the circular rind for garnish. (My daughters enjoyed snacking on the “circle pieces” as they called them and dipped them in some humus).
Take the now rind-free soft, inside part of the cucumber, and muddle it.
Muddling Note: I couldn’t find my cocktail muddle, so I tried to improvise by first muddling the ingredients with the back-end of a mellon scooper directly in a shaker. However, this was a bit challenging, so I then switched to my mortar and pestle, which made the job a lot easier. (If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, I think using a fork or mellon scooper would work fine).
When you’re done muddling the cucumber, muddle in some of the mint leaves. Next add in the strawberries, and finally finish off by adding in the rest of the mint. Let sit for 5 minutes so all the oils can mix together fully.
Next, take 1 oz of coconut water and 2 oz of seltzer water and add to your glass. I used a champagne flute. I feel that using nice stemware dresses up the beverage and makes the drink and experience feel more special (kind of like putting on lipstick, even if you’re just running to the grocery store). (I also love drinking ice tea from wine glasses-it really brightens up an afternoon). Next, spoon in your muddle mix. Garnish with one of the circular cucumber peels, and enjoy!
HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!