Recipe: Mint Julep Sweet Tea

Southerners take sweet tea very seriously, but we are also crazy about mint juleps (hello, Derby season!). So, it was only natural that we combined two of our all-time favorite classics into one refreshing, sweet cocktail. Meet Mint Julep Sweet Tea. This cocktail recipe is absolutely perfect for sipping in a rocking chair on a Southern porch, but we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you that party guests swoon over this delicious cocktail recipe. You can make it in a pitcher, which makes it a great option for bringing to a family reunion, taking to the tailgate, or just hosting company for an alfresco dinner in the backyard. As any Mint Julep fan would argue, one of the most important ingredients in this recipe is the fresh mint. Use the freshest mint you can find – it'll make a difference in the flavor of your Mint Julep Sweet Tea. Muddle these mint leaves with the lemon slices in a pitcher before adding the sweet tea and the bourbon. This will bring out the tang of the fresh lemon, as well. When you go to serve your game-winning cocktail, be sure to have plenty of crushed ice and some vibrant mint sprigs to garnish. So, even if you can't make it to the Kentucky Derby, you can celebrate the season on your porch with this refreshing cocktail in hand.

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