Sparkling Ginger Mint Juleps

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 Juleps

A sparkling ginger twist on the classic mint julep


  • 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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

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  1. Jen @ Savory Simple — May 10, 2013 @ 7:33 am (#)

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

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 10, 2013 @ 7:37 am (#)

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

  3. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — May 10, 2013 @ 7:38 am (#)

    Delicious and gorgeous! Love these!

  4. Kathryn — May 10, 2013 @ 7:40 am (#)

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

  5. Tieghan — May 10, 2013 @ 7:54 am (#)

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

  6. Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 10, 2013 @ 8:17 am (#)

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

  7. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 10, 2013 @ 8:35 am (#)

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

  8. Laurie {SimplyScratch} — May 10, 2013 @ 8:38 am (#)

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

  9. Nathan — May 10, 2013 @ 9:26 am (#)

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

    • bet — May 10th, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

      But when you make them, Nathan, you’re going to slap that mint. No muddling for you.

  10. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 10, 2013 @ 9:31 am (#)

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

  11. Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 10, 2013 @ 9:47 am (#)

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

  12. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 10, 2013 @ 2:31 pm (#)

    Beautiful! And what a fun picture of you guys!

  13. Jackie @ The Beeroness — May 10, 2013 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    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!

  14. Leah | So, How's It Taste? — May 10, 2013 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    How fun! I have to make this drink!

  15. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — May 10, 2013 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    Love ginger in my drinks! This looks so refreshing!

  16. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 10, 2013 @ 10:29 pm (#)

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

  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 12, 2013 @ 12:28 am (#)

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

  18. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 12, 2013 @ 6:13 pm (#)

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

  19. Tracey — May 12, 2013 @ 7:08 pm (#)

    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!

  20. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare — May 12, 2013 @ 10:49 pm (#)

    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!

  21. Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 13, 2013 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    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!

  22. Nutmeg Nanny — May 15, 2013 @ 7:13 pm (#)

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

  23. Online Liquor Store — April 30, 2015 @ 6:17 am (#)

    Delicious spring cocktail recipe. Will try this at home!


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