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non-alcoholic mint juleps in metal julep cups

Virgin Mint Julep Mocktail (Disneyland Copycat)

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  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Craving a non-alcoholic mint julep for Derby day? We’ve got you covered with our easy Disneyland-style mint julep mocktail recipe!



For The Mint Simple Syrup:

  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Fresh Mint leaves

For Each Mint Julep

  • Crushed ice
  • 12 Tablespoons mint simple syrup (1/21 oz.) 
  • 1/3 cup lemonade (2 2/3 oz)
  • 1/3 cup sparkling water or lemon-lime soda (Sprite) (2 2/3 oz)
  • For Garnish: fresh mint leaves, lemon slice

For A Pitcher Of Mint Juleps:

  • 35 cups Crushed Ice
  • 1 batch mint simple syrup (above)
  • 3 cups lemonade
  • 3 cups sparkling water or lemon-lime soda
  • fresh mint leaves for garnish


  1. Start By Making The Mint Syrup. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Steep. Turn off the heat and add the mint leaves, gently crushing a bit with your spoon or whisk. Steep at least 30 minutes, then strain out the leaves by pouring the simple syrup mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Cool syrup to room temperature. Chill and store the mint simple syrup in a glass jar or an airtight container up to 2 weeks in the fridge. 
  3. Make Your Julep! Fill a julep cup or tall collins glass with crushed ice. Add 1-2 Tablespoons mint simple syrup, then 1/3 cup lemonade and 1/3 cup sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. Gently stir with a straw and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint (and a lemon slice, if desired!) 


Turn Up The Mint! 

If you like, you can add even more mint flavor by gently muddling a few mint leaves with the mint simple syrup at the bottom of the cup before building your drink. Muddle the mint in the syrup, then add the ice, lemonade, and sparkling water/soda. 

Try It With Fruit! 

Infuse your drink with fruity flavor by muddling 1-2 Tablespoons of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or peaches at the bottom of the cup with the simple syrup before building your drink. 

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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