On National Mint Julep Day (yes, it’s true!) May 30, or on any other day from now until the temperature drops, mix up a batch of these sweet refreshments sans bourbon. If you think the kiddos won’t like the “muddled” leaves of the mint in their mocktail, just use a batch of mint tea (iced) instead and use the mint as garnish. Scroll down to get started!

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The basics:

Simple Syrup (sugar and water)

Ginger ale

Lemon juice

Mint leaves

How to make the simple syrup:

It’s just like it sounds, simple!! Use 1 cup granulated white sugar to 1 cup water, heat slowly on the stove in order to dissolve the sugar. This will make about 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup. Let it cool before using (this is a lot of syrup so perfect for a party or keep it on hand for future mocktails!)

Next steps:

Once the simple syrup is cooled, put several leaves of mint in the bottom of a glass and add about a tablespoon of simple syrup. Using a long spoon, mash the mint (muddle it) around in the syrup. Add a handful of crushed ice and another fresh mint leaf. Pour in ginger ale (about a 1/4 cup), and lemon juice (about 1/4 cup). You can also add lime juice. Add more sugar syrup to taste if it’s too sour for you. Stir, garnish with a mint leaf, and serve.

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Picky variation: If you want to skip the muddled-leaves-mom-what-are-those-green-things-in-my-drink step: make a strong mint tea and let it cool completely. Add crushed ice, simple syrup, and equal parts mint tea, lemon juice and ginger ale. Garnish if you dare!

Lime variation: Sub lime juice for lemon! Whoa! Mind blown!

Lazy variation: Use pre-sweetened lemonade and mix equal parts with mint tea.

Vamp variation: Blend this entire concoction with frozen strawberries for a next-level smoothie.

Grown-up variation: Add bourbon!

Did you try this recipe? What’s your favorite minty mocktail?