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How To Make Non-alcohol Mint Julep
A refreshing drink
Mint julep is a delicious and refreshing drink to have on a hot summer day. The fresh mint used gives this drink a unique taste you will not forget. Lemon is used in place of alcohol which makes this a thirst quenching drink even children can enjoy. In addition to being a satisfying drink, your body will benefit from the multiple health properties peppermint contains. Peppermint also has a natural calming effect that can help to soothe your nerves after a busy day. The lemon added gives an extra healthy dose of vitamin C.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh peppermint leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 cups cold water
- crushed ice
- Fresh peppermint leaves for garnishing
- Lemon wedges
This recipe is for two tall ice tea glasses. Variations can be implemented by using more or less sugar and mint.
Mix the chopped peppermint, sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small sauce pan over high heat just until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let mixture stand for about one hour. This gives the mixture just the right amount of time for the full flavor of the peppermint to come out.
Chill two large ice tea glasses and add the following. 1 cup of cold water, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Mix well. Add enough crushed ice to almost fill the glass and mix again. Then pour half the mint syrup over the crushed ice and mix well. If you don't like the chopped mint leave in your drink, you can strain the syrup before adding it to your glass.
Top your drink with a couple of whole fresh mint leaves with a lemon wedge and enjoy!
Health benefits of peppermint
- Possible Anti-Cancer Agent- Peppermint oil contains a phyto-nutrient called monoterpene which has been found in studies to halt tumor growth in animals. It has also been discovered to protect animals from skin, colon and lung cancer. Peppermint also contain antioxidants which helps to combat free radicals.
- Breathing - A property called rosmarinic acid in peppermint help cells in your respiratory track produce a property called protacyclins that help to keep your airway open. Asthmatics benefit from the natural anti-inflammatory effect peppermint has on the lungs.
- Gastointestinal Benefits - The menthol in peppermint helps to soothe a stomach ache, takes nausea away and help soothe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Menthol helps by naturally relaxing the smooth muscles in your abdominal cavity.
- Antimicrobial effects - Peppermint has been found to have some antimicrobial effects against certain bacteria and has some anti-fungal effects against some types of fungus.
Nutritients in peppermint
Peppermint contains manganese, vitamins C & A and vitamin B 12. It also is a source of dietary fiber and omega 3-fatty acids. Peppermint has folate, iron, calcium potassium and copper.
- WHFoods: Peppermint
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