Green Oaks Mint Juleps

Apple Mint Juleps

  • 2 cups chopped fresh mint
  • 8 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup bourbon (optional)
  • garnish: fresh mint springs

Tie chopped mint in a cheesecloth bag; place in a large saucepan. Add apple juice and bring mixture to a boil. Remove mixture from heat. Cover and cool. Chill. Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Add lime juice and bourbon. Serve over crushed or shaved ice. Yield 8 servings.


* If you don't have cheesecloth, you can just mix the mint with the apple juice and strain the mixture before you add it to the lime juice and bourbon.

Mint Julep Trivia

Whether sipped from an engraved sterling silver cup, a crystal goblet, or a plastic tumbler, a julep is the flavor of a gentler time.

Here Green Oaks Bed and Breakfast shares with you the facts about the beverage that's as cordial and Southern as a wide veranda.

  • Juleps, beverages made form alcohol and a small amount of sweet syrup, have been around since the late 1700's.
  • There are countless ways to serve a mint julep. Some people stress the precise time and proper way to harvest the mint, while others require shaved ice. All agree that the drink should be served in a frozen cup. A guest should grasp the bottom of the cup with a napkin so as not to disturn the frost, an aesthetic part of the experience.
  • Bourbon whiskey originated in Kentucky and the state claims to be home of the mint julep.
  • Mint Juleps became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1875. Horse-racing fans order an average of 80,000 juleps at Churchill Downs during Derby Week.