Lemon Green Tea Mint Julep

Lemon Green Tea Mint Julep Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves or 1 green tea bag
  • 1 cup hot, not boiling, water (approximately 175 degrees)
  • 1 lemon (for zest and juice)
  • Fresh mint leaves (about 10-15, plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1-2 tablespoons simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Crushed ice


Steep the Green Tea:

  • Place green tea leaves in a heatproof container. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the tea. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes, then remove the tea leaves or bag. Let the tea cool to room temperature, or chill it in the refrigerator.

Prepare the Lemon Zest and Juice:

  • Use a zester or grater to zest the lemon. Cut the lemon in half and juice it, setting aside the zest and juice for the cocktail.

Muddle the Mint:

  • In a cocktail shaker or a sturdy glass, muddle 10-15 fresh mint leaves with lemon zest and simple syrup to release the mint's essential oils. Be careful not to shred the mint leaves.

Combine Ingredients:

  • Add the cooled green tea, fresh lemon juice, and bourbon to the muddled mint mixture. Stir well to combine all the flavors.


  • Fill a julep cup or a highball glass with crushed ice. Strain the cocktail mixture over the ice, filling the glass to the brim.

Garnish and Enjoy: 

  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a small slice of lemon or a twist of lemon zest. Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing southern charm of the Lemon Green Tea Mint Julep.

Lemon Green Tea Mint Julep


  • Adjust the amount of simple syrup to suit to taste.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the bourbon with extra lemonade or a non-alcoholic spirit substitute.
  • Slapping the mint leaves between your hands before garnishing releases additional aroma and enhances the drink's sensory appeal.

This Lemon Green Tea Mint Julep combines the refreshing qualities of the traditional southern cocktail with the health benefits and subtle flavors of green tea. The zest of lemon and the cool freshness of mint make it a perfect drink for relaxation or social gatherings.