Sparkling Ginger Mint Juleps

May 10, 2013 by Ali

Sparkling Ginger Mint Julep Recipe |

This has been the week of Gatsby!

Last Saturday, my delightful book club spent an entire evening talking all things Gatsby and Fitzgerald (which led to a 90′s hits dance party…of course). Then on Monday night, three of us Gimme Some writers had the chance to attend an early screening of Baz Luhrmann’s new film at our favorite movie theater downtown. But people, this wasn’t just any screening. Full-on 20′s costumes were required, vintage cars were parked up and down Main Street, old movie posters lined the theater, and everyone came ready to have a roaring good time. Our friend Malina, a remarkably talented and gracious costume designer, was to thank for most of our group’s amazing costumes (including some great hats!). Our own Sarah from Gimme Some Film gave a rockin’ interview after the screening. And the movie — well, you must experience it for yourself. It’s epic Luhrmann, and a given must-see.

Although before or after you check it out, I highly recommend reading Sarah’s Great Gatsby review on Gimme Some Film. And checking out our Great Gatsby giveaway, F. Scott Fitzgerald giveaway, a reading by Carey Mulligan, thoughts on Gatsby hope and tragedy and epigraphs, and some Fitzgerald poetry on Gimme Some Reads. If you’re into art, definitely look into this Gatsby art project on Gimme Some Style. And if you haven’t already, pick up the book!!! It’s only 120 pages, and makes for a great Saturday afternoon read.

Of course, I couldn’t let the week go by without posting a recipe for mint juleps. Although for a different “sparkling” twist, I decided to try making some with my favorite ginger beer. Crazy good! All you need are 3 ingredients, and you get all of the goodness of a classic mint julep, but also a perfectly sweet and fizzy spin.

(If you, like Gatsby, think that “it’s a great advantage not to be drinking around drinking people”, these are also yummy without the bourbon.)

Cheers to an amazing American novel. Hope you enjoy, Old Sport!

Sparkling Ginger Mint Julep Recipe |

Sparkling Ginger Mint Julep

Prep Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 1 minute

Yield: 1 drink


  • 6 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces bourbon**
  • about 8 mint leaves
  • ice


Muddle the ginger beer, 3 mint sprigs and bourbon together in a glass until the mint has released its flavor.

Fill the glass with crushed ice, then garnish with remaining mint sprig.

(Optional: If you do not like the remaining muddled mint leaves, you can strain the julep before addint the ice and garnish mint sprig.)

**To make a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the bourbon.

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Our roaring group (although missing our amazing costume designer, Malina).

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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29 thoughts on “Sparkling Ginger Mint Juleps

  1. A ginger mint julep sounds perfect right now :) this looks lovely!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  2. We recently read The Great Gatsby for our book club, too. We’re going to see the film together on Friday, and I can’t wait! I love Baz. This cocktail is perfect for celebrating all things Gatsby. Love it!

    - Jennie @themessybakerblog

  3. That screening party sounds awesome! I would love to go to a 20′s theme party. :) looking forward to seeing the movie. The drinks look great. I will have to try them!

    - Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare

  4. Love the costumes Ali, that sounds like so much fun! I want to see Gatsby too, soon I hope :) Love these mint juleps, and the photos are wonderful!

    - Tracey

  5. This photos are GORGEOUS ali! Seriously. These are stunning.

    - claire @ the realistic nutritionist

  6. I’m a huge Gatsby fan! These juleps look so refreshing!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  7. Wow Ali, I find it so hard to take pictures of drinks for some reason. Yours are awesomely stunning!

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  8. Love ginger in my drinks! This looks so refreshing!

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  9. How fun! I have to make this drink!

    - Leah | So, How's It Taste?

  10. I saw your instagrams! Looked like so much fun. I once went to a Gatsby party in these wine caves in Napa for New Years, and it was even more fun because every single person dressed up. But you guys look SO great, you totally smoked those napa people!

    - Jackie @ The Beeroness

  11. Beautiful! And what a fun picture of you guys!

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  12. I like these both ways – Gatsby’d and non-Gatsby’d! Sounds delish :)

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  13. OMG!! Ali, these drinks are beautiful!! And I am so stoked to see the movie!!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  14. A nice twist on the Horsefeather (ginger ale/beer + bourbon + lemon), Ali. I shall make one soon.

    - Nathan

  15. Look at you! Stunning!! and these drinks? I’m suddenly feeling mighty thirsty :)

    - Laurie {SimplyScratch}

  16. LOVE mint juleps. This version has me hankerin’ for one and it’s not even 9 a.m.! :)

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  17. Spectacular! I wonder if my entire head would fit in that glass.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  18. How fun!! I love all these photos, but that last one made me smile!!

    - Tieghan

  19. You guys look amazing! What a fun way to celebrate the release of the film : )

    - Kathryn

  20. Delicious and gorgeous! Love these!

    - Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

  21. Ginger beer is my favorite cocktail ingredient of all time!!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  22. I love that last photo of everyone! What a wonderful drink.

    - Jen @ Savory Simple