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Five Refreshing Mocktail Recipes for the Kentucky Derby

Updated: May 11

Celebrate In Style!


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The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored tradition filled with excitement, elegance, and, of course, delicious drinks. While the classic mint julep may be the star of the show, there's no reason why you can't join in on the festivities with some non-alcoholic alternatives. Whether you're abstaining from alcohol or simply looking for a refreshing twist, these mocktail recipes are sure to elevate your Derby experience. Let's dive into five booze-free concoctions that capture the spirit of the Derby without the hangover!


 

Classic Mint Julep Mocktail

Classic Mint Julep Non-Alcoholic Mocktail
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Kick off your Derby celebration with a timeless favorite - the Classic Mint Julep Mocktail. This alcohol-free rendition features fresh mint leaves, simple syrup, and a splash of alcohol-free bourbon substitute. Served over crushed ice and garnished with a sprig of mint, this mocktail is as refreshing as it is elegant.


Ingredients:

  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves

  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup alcohol-free bourbon substitute

  • Crushed ice

  • Fresh mint sprig for garnish


Instructions:

  1. In a julep cup or glass, gently muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup together to release the mint's oils.

  2. Fill the cup with crushed ice.

  3. Pour the alcohol-free bourbon substitute over the ice.

  4. Stir well to combine all the flavors.

  5. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and serve immediately.



Berry Mint Julep Mocktail

Berry Mint Julep Non-Alcoholic Mocktail
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Indulge in the vibrant flavors of summer with the Berry Mint Julep Mocktail. Muddled mint leaves, berry syrup, and alcohol-free bourbon substitute combine to create a refreshing concoction that's bursting with berry goodness. Garnish with fresh berries for a pop of color and flavor that's sure to impress.

 

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves

  • 1 tablespoon berry syrup (raspberry, blackberry, or mixed berry)

  • 1/2 cup alcohol-free bourbon substitute

  • Crushed ice

  • Fresh berries and mint sprig for garnish


Instructions:  

  1. In a julep cup or glass, gently muddle the mint leaves and berry syrup together.

  2. Fill the cup with crushed ice.

  3. Pour the alcohol-free bourbon substitute over the ice.

  4. Stir well to combine all the flavors.

  5. Garnish with fresh berries and a mint sprig. Serve and enjoy your berry-infused mint julep mocktail!

 



Derby Rose Lemonade

Derby Rose Lemonade Non-Alcoholic Mocktail
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Transport yourself to a garden party with the Derby Rose Lemonade. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, rose syrup, and cold water come together to create a floral-infused lemonade that's both refreshing and elegant. Garnish with fresh rose petals for a touch of sophistication that's perfect for Derby day.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup rose syrup

  • 3 cups cold water

  • Crushed ice

  • Fresh rose petals for garnish


Instructions: 

  1. In a pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice and rose syrup.

  2. Stir in the cold water until well mixed.

  3. Fill glasses with crushed ice.

  4. Pour the lemonade mixture over the ice.

  5. Garnish each glass with fresh rose petals.

  6. Serve immediately and enjoy the floral and citrus flavors of this refreshing Derby Rose Lemonade!

 


Peach Mint Julep Mocktail

Peach Mint Julep Non-Alcoholic Mocktail
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For a fruity twist on a Derby classic, try the Peach Mint Julep Mocktail. Muddled mint leaves, peach syrup, and alcohol-free bourbon substitute come together to create a sweet and aromatic beverage that's perfect for sipping on a sunny afternoon. Garnish with a slice of peach for an extra touch of southern charm.

 

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves

  • 1 tablespoon peach syrup

  • 1/2 cup alcohol-free bourbon substitute

  • Crushed ice

  • Peach slice and mint sprig for garnish


Instructions: 

  1. In a julep cup or glass, gently muddle the mint leaves and peach syrup together.

  2. Fill the cup with crushed ice.

  3. Pour the alcohol-free bourbon substitute over the ice.

  4. Stir well to combine.

  5. Garnish with a slice of peach and a mint sprig. Serve and enjoy!


 

Bluegrass Breeze Mocktail

Bluegrass Breeze Non-Alcoholic Mocktail
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Close out your Derby celebration with the Bluegrass Breeze Mocktail. Blueberry juice, fresh lime juice, honey or agave syrup, and ginger ale combine to create a vibrant and flavorful beverage that's as refreshing as a gentle breeze on a warm spring day. Garnish with lime slices and fresh blueberries for a burst of color and flavor that's sure to delight.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup blueberry juice

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup

  • 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 cup ginger ale

  • Ice cubes

  • Lime slices and fresh blueberries for garnish


Instructions:  

  1. In a shaker, combine the blueberry juice, fresh lime juice, honey or agave syrup, and grated fresh ginger.

  2. Shake well until the honey/agave syrup is dissolved.

  3. Fill glasses with ice cubes.

  4. Strain the blueberry mixture equally into each glass.

  5. Top each glass with ginger ale.

  6. Garnish with lime slices and fresh blueberries.

  7. Stir gently and serve immediately, enjoying the vibrant colors and flavors of the Bluegrass Breeze Mocktail!

 

 

This Kentucky Derby season, don't let the absence of alcohol dampen your spirits. With these five refreshing mocktail recipes, you can celebrate in style while staying booze-free. From classic mint julep variations to floral-infused lemonades and fruity concoctions, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So raise a glass (or a julep cup) and toast to the Derby with these delicious non-alcoholic beverages. Cheers to a day filled with elegance, excitement, and unforgettable flavors!

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