Disneyland Mint Julep Copycat

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Mint Julep drinks are one of my favorite things to get at Disneyland. Cold and refreshing, with a hint of mint, lemon and lime, they’re perfect for a hot summer day!

3 Glasses of Mint Juleps on a table outside

Disneyland Mint Julep Copycat

In our opinion, no trip to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth is complete without a Disneyland Mint Julep. You can find these refreshing drinks at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. I love enjoying one of these drinks and an order of beignets as I give my feet a break at Disneyland. Now you don’t have to wait for a Disney trip; you can make them at home, and they are super easy to throw together. Instead of making them the traditional way, these are non-alcoholic Mint Julep drinks so they are perfect for all ages. You’ll still get the flavors of a classic mint julep recipe. My kids love them!

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A Disneyland Mint Julep - a green drink garnished with a mint leaf, maraschino cherries, and a lemon slice

Mint Julep at Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar
in New Orleans Square

What is a Mint Julep?

This Mint Julep recipe is a copycat of the non-alcoholic Disneyland Mint Julep recipe served in New Orleans Square.. The traditional cocktail is made with bourbon or brandy or sometimes whiskey along with fresh mint leaves which you muddle together with simple syrup or a sugar syrup. It is a popular drink in the southern United States where it was once thought to have medicinal properties. The Mint Julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938 and is still popular on Derby Day even today.

Disneyland created a non-alcoholic version of the Mint Julep to bring a taste of the South to New Orleans Square. This version incorporates fresh lemon and lime flavors with minty simple syrup over crushed ice. Guests at Disneyland love it, and it has become one of Disneyland’s most famous drinks. In addition to the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square, you can also order these delicious drinks at the Blue Bayou Restaurant, Cafe Orleans, and the French Market which are all located in New Orleans Square in Disneyland.

Overhead shot of a pitcher and 3 glasses of Mint Juleps on a table outside

Mint Julep Ingredients

Since this is a non alcoholic version, most of the ingredients for this Mint Julep recipe can be found in your local grocery store in the freezer section. Here’s all you need:

  • Lemonade and Limeade juice concentrate
  • Creme de menthe syrup. (this one was a bit tough to find. Normally you can find these syrups near the coffee section. Luckily a lot of coffee shops sell flavored syrups so if you can’t find it at a grocery store, you can check out your local coffee shops for this ingredient. You can also find Creme de Menthe Syrup on Amazon.
  • Granulated white sugar.
  • Fresh mint leaves (you can also use these to create a minty simple syrup if you can’t find the creme de menthe syrup. Chop the leaves and use a wooden spoon to muddle or mush the leaves down to a paste.  Add it to some water and syrup and bring to a boil. Cool and add to your drink,)
  • You’ll also want some lemon slices, fresh mint leaves, maraschino cherries and clear cups and a straw for serving.

How to Serve a Mint Julep

This gorgeous drink is best served in a clear glass or plastic cup, to show off the beautiful flavor and garnishes. However if you want to make it fancier for a backyard party, a baby shower or a dinner party, you can find really cool glasses at second-hand stores. Some ideas would be a traditional julep cup, pewter cups, old fashioned glasses, or a double old-fashioned glass. For extra fun, line the rim of the glass with sugar.

A pitcher and glasses of Mint Juleps on a table outside

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How to Make a Disneyland Mint Julep

Square image of 3 mint juleps

Disneyland Mint Julep Copycat

4.64 from 11 votes
Mint Julep drinks are one of my favorite things to get at Disneyland. They are perfect for a hot summer day with a little bit of mint, lemon, and lime flavors. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine French
Servings 10

Instructions

  • Add sugar and water to a large sauce pan. Bring the mix to a boil, stirring occasionally.
    Boiling sugar and water
  • Cool for 5 minutes, then pour mixture into a large pitcher.
    pouring sugar water into a pitcher
  • Add the creme de menthe syrup, and frozen lemonade and limeade concentrates. Add a little green food coloring and stir to mix.
    stirring mint julep ingredients together
  • Refrigerate until completely cooled. Serve in a glass with some ice and garnish with lemon wedges, mint sprigs, and cherries.
    Side view of a pitcher and 3 glasses of Mint Juleps on a table outside

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 1gSugar: 82gVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 9mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 1 star
    Same problem as another too sweet and tasted like toothpaste. Very concentrated, needed to water it down.

  2. 5 stars
    Not like Disneyland – better. This is more concentrated and intense. Disney’s Mint Julep is watered down.

    1. So glad you liked these Mint Juleps! Thanks for the 5-stars! We will have to share our recipe with Disney 😉

  3. Sorry it didn’t turn out well for you! What kind of Creme de Menthe did you use? Maybe that has something to do with it?

  4. 5 stars
    So I was helping my 16-yr-old daughter plan her birthday party (which is supposed to be the event of the season) and she is INSISTING that we serve mint juleps at the party. She loves this recipe so much! Of course, she thinks Emily should make them for us, but I said I could probably handle it. Thank you!

    1. That is awesome! Your 16 year old has good taste. :). You’ll have to let me know how the party turned out. Happy sweet 16!!

  5. Check in the liquor section and the ice cream section of your local stores. I’ve found it both places.

    1. I’ve found that most brands taste about the same, I would use any brand that you can find available. It’s a little hard to find.