Spirit-Free Mint Julep

This is one of our favourite mocktails for spring and summer! The fresh taste of mint is in perfect harmony with fresh air and good company. And, it’s so easy to make, you can start prepping at lunch and enjoy a sip by the early afternoon. What’s not to love?

Prep Time
10 minutes
30 minutes steeping time
1 hour chilling time
Two glasses of spirit-free mint julep with crushed ice and garnished with mint served on a white platter, shown with a bowl of mint leaves, half a lime, a pitcher of prepared julep and a pitcher of mint simple syrup

Small, heavy-bottomed saucepan (with lid)

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Heatproof spatula

Julep glasses OR old-fashioned glasses (x 4)

Fine mesh sieve

Airtight container (e.g. mason jar, reusable container)

Muddler OR wooden spoon

Cocktail stirrer OR long-handled spoon

Cocktail stirrers OR stir sticks OR reusable straws (x 4)


4 servings / about 1¼ cups (313 ml) simple syrup
For the mint simple syrup:
  • 1 cup (200 g) Redpath Simply Raw™
  • ¾ cup (188 ml) water
  • 1 cup (28 g) fresh mint leaves, washed
For the drink:
  • ¼ to ½ cup (63 to 125 ml) mint simple syrup, divided, recipe above
  • 12 pcs fresh mint leaves (optional), washed
  • Crushed or shaved ice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened pear juice, divided (see Chef’s Tips)
  • ⅓ cup (83 ml) lime juice, preferably freshly squeezed, divided
Garnishes (optional):
  • Fresh mint
For the mint simple syrup:

Step 1

In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the Redpath Simply Raw™ with water. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Step 2

Add in the mint leaves. Decrease heat to low and gently simmer; 1 minute.

Step 3

Remove from heat, cover, and infuse at room temperature; 30 minutes. Place cooled simple syrup into the fridge to chill thoroughly; 1 hour.

For the drinks:

Step 1

Chill 4 julep or old-fashioned glasses in the freezer until frosty; at least 30 minutes.

Step 2

Strain the chilled simple syrup with a fine mesh sieve (see Chef’s Tips) into an airtight container.

Step 3

Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the mint simple syrup to each chilled glass. For a sweeter drink, add 2 tablespoons (30 ml).

Step 4

If using, place 3 mint leaves in the bottom of each glass. Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, gently tap the mint to bruise the leaves; do not pound or tear the leaves, as they will blacken and discolour.

Step 5

Fill each glass halfway with crushed ice. Add ¼ cup (63 ml) of unsweetened pear juice and 1 tablespoon, and 1 teaspoon (20 ml) of lime juice to each glass. Stir with a cocktail stirrer (or long-handled spoon) to thoroughly combine the liquids and to keep the glass cold. Top the glasses with more crushed ice.

Step 6

Garnish with fresh mint and a cocktail stirrer. Stir before enjoying.

Two glasses of spirit-free mint julep with crushed ice and garnished with mint, shown with a bowl of mint leaves, a pitcher of prepared julep and a pitcher of mint simple syrup