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Mock Mint Julep

 Mock Mint Julep
Here's an alcohol-free spin on this time-honored, Southern beverage. Fresh mint, tangy lemom and ginger ale fizz make for pleasant sipping. —Annette Grahl Midway, Kentucky
13 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 mint sprigs
  • 5 cups ice cubes
  • 2-1/2 cups ginger ale, chilled
  • Lemon slices and additional mint, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar, lemon juice and mint. Let
  • stand for at least 45 minutes.
  • Strain and discard mint. Place ice cubes in two 2-qt. pitchers; add
  • half of the lemon mixture and ginger ale to each. Garnish with lemon
  • and mint if desired. Yield: 13 servings (about 3 quarts).