Ever since reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil many, many years ago I have been mildly fascinated with Mint Juleps.
It was an minor detail in a story filled with lots of fascinating characters. BUT to this day I don’t remember anything about the book, except the Mint Juleps and that Savannah is filled with crazy people.
In my mind Mint Julep’s are synonymous with porch swings, moss covered trees and warm evenings…sigh.
So yeah. I created a whole life in my brain around a cocktail. Bad news.
But here’s what happened. I actually ordered a Mint Julep while out one night. Dude. I hated it. HATED.
My dreams of a life of southern simplicity squashed because the damn drink tastes horrible.
That’s what happens when you base your life around alcohol. Tough lesson people.
I decided not to give up on the dream, though. Perseverance is basically my middle name.
I made a cocktail that the Mint Julep in my dreams tastes like.
How smart is that?
What I came up with is a Sparkling Spiked Lemonade.
Light, fizzy, and ice-clankable.
Go ahead, make a pitcher.
Sparkling Spiked Lemonade
3 cups Lemonade
2 cups Club Soda
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1 cup rum or vodka
mint sprigs or lemon wedges to garnish
Mix Lemonade, Club Soda, zest and rum or vodka into a pitcher.
Serve in a Tom Collins glass over ice.
Garnish with mint or lemon wedges.