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Disneyland’s Mint Julep Recipe

This post was promised in the Disney Food Blog July Newsletter, and I’m excited to finally be publishing it!

If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, you know all about the famous alcohol-free (natch!) Mint Julep that can be found at Blue Bayou, Cafe Orleans, and the French Market. This refreshing, mint-y, lime-y, ice-y treat is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of cult favorite, but no matter what, you’ve gotta at least try it!

Disneyland Mint Julep

Enjoy it on the Cafe Orleans patio along with some of those delicious Pommes Frites, or grab one at the Mint Julep Bar at the French Market — where you can also get some great sweet snacks — and sit back and relax while listening to the Royal Street Bachelors! Ah, Disneyland. I miss you.

Mint Julep Bar at French Market

Mint Julep Bar Menu -- Click for Larger Version

French Market Jazz Trio

Disneyland Mint Julep Recipe
I found this recipe over on the No.1 Disneyland Blog, which is a really fun site I’ve just discovered!

Makes approximately 2/3 gallon
INGREDIENTS
1 cup sugar
3 tsp lime juice concentrate
3 cups club soda
6 Tbsp creme de menthe syrup (not liqueur)
6 oz thawed lemonade concentrate
mint leaves
pineapple slices
maraschino cherries
bamboo skewers

METHOD
Dissolve sugar into club soda. Add lime juice and lemonade and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add creme de menthe. Chill.

To serve, combine 3 parts syrup to 5 parts water. Add mint, and skewer two pineapple slices and a cherry. Serve chilled (add ice cubes if necessary).

So whaddya think? Have you tried the Mint Julep? Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments if this is your favorite drink or one that you regularly skip in favor of the Dole Whip float down the street! ;-)

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25 Comments

  1. Heather says:

    Well I don’t think you can actually call that a mint julep. As a bartender, a New Orleanian and a drinker . . . a mint julep is crushed ice, bourbon, a sugar cube and mint . . . I understand they are looking for the spirit of the drink since they can’t serve alcohol at DL, but I think they’ve found the “spirit” of the mojito–not the mint julep–lime and fruit have no place in a julep!

  2. Rhonda says:

    I have loved the mint julep for years! My aunty introduced us to it, and we have a standing tradition: mint julep and a fritter, once each trip. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Fae says:

    I think I speak for all Kentuckians when I say, That is no Mint Julep, Sir.

  4. jim says:

    I’ve had it before and wasn’t really a fan of it, though I’m sure the people who are will appreciate the recipe.

  5. Brad says:

    I think the key, like so many things Disney, is not to compare it to the “authentic” version. It’s certainly not a legitimate Mint Julip, but it’s an interesting taste nonetheless.

  6. Julie says:

    I get this every time I visit this park. I’ve also made the drink at home. The at-home version doesn’t come close to the simply magical drink at the Mint Julep Bar. Maybe it’s the atmosphere, the people, I don’t know.

    Definitely worth trying. For me, a visit to the park wouldn’t be the same without stopping by the bar. A Mint Julep is…well, magic!…on a hot day.

  7. Devyn says:

    I’ve made this before from a recipe I found in the old Disney magazines and enjoy it every summer. I love that you can control the sweetness of the drink by how much water you add. In my opinion, they’re WAY too sweet in the parks now. They used to be a bit more mild. When we go now, I order one, and split it between 2 people, filling the rest up with fresh water. Then the julep is just like old times! hehe!

  8. Josh says:

    Interesting recipe for the Mint Julep, it could use some changes such as a sugar cube insted of granual sugar along with a few minor things.

    We have the creme de menthe at work, and it’s some pretty sweet and messy stuff to deal with.

    I’m definitely going to have to give this a try one of these days as I have access to a majority of the ingredients for this recipe. It sound pretty good and since I’m not allowed to drink yet (darn American and their laws) it’ll have to do.

  9. Happyfin says:

    Its called “Disneyland Mint Julep Receipe” for a reason folks! Its not intended to be disrespectful to those true affectionados in the bourbon states, but rather its a remake of a great and tasty drink we all got as kids at Disneyland. Thanks for the remake! Now all I have to do is make some frozen bananas and a batch of this and remember the Happiest Place On Earth :)

  10. Matt says:

    I just made a batch and tried it myself! I discovered that crushed spearmint leaves are a must! The creme de menthe w/out the leaves does give the drink a peppermint-sweetness, but the crushed leaves give it it’s tangy minty herbal taste that makes the drink so refreshing when wandering the streets of New Orleans Square. I used spearmint.

    Obviously it’s not what some might call a “real mint julep” but It’s Disneyland for Pete’s sake! I’d much rather drink this and call it a “mint julep” than drink a glass of bourbon with some crushed mint leaves in it.

  11. AJ says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Matt!!

  12. HeMo says:

    Absolutely LOVED it! So glad to have the recipe :)

  13. vanessa says:

    i just wish that disney would sell the syrup so we can take it home. i have had the recipe for years but just haven’t taken the time to make it and also finding creme de mint syrup is no where in my location. please disney sell the syrup because i would be a loyal bulk customer because its the best drink in disney

  14. Oh good grief.

    Look, anyone can call anything a mint julep if they feel like it! This doesn’t say the Kentucky Derby’s Mint Julep and it doesn’t say Old Fashioned Mint Julep.

    Let’s look at a dictionary, shall we? Julep is defined as:
    ju·lep
    /ˈjo͞oləp/
    Noun
    A sweet flavored drink made from a sugar syrup, sometimes containing alcohol or medication.

    So there you have it!

    I don’t think we need a lesson on what mint is. So long as a drink is made from a sugar syrup and has mint, anything goes.

    /rant

  15. Jose says:

    Today marks the first time. i try a Julep, and honestly i can’t believe i missed out on it all these years. I love it and it will become tradition on every visit.

  16. Stephanie S says:

    I absolutely love this drink! Been a tradition in my family to get one every time we go to Dland! Disney is very gracious to extend the recipe to the public & I for one am very thankful! With the rising ticket prices & parking I really can’t go anymore. :( thankfully I can have a piece of old fashion disney at home with me!

    Very greatful! Thanks Disney!

  17. Karen L. says:

    I love, love this drink!! I get 2 or 3 in one day at Disneyland. Thank you so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to make this yummy drink!

  18. Brian says:

    So, be honest… anyone who’s tried this recipe…

    does it REALLY taste like that green soda we all loved as kids? or is is just “similar”?

  19. Beckah says:

    This is a childhood favorite of mine!! I understand that this is not a true julep but for crying out loud folks this is Disneyland and I might be old fashioned but I think alcohol has no place in the Magical Kingdom!

  20. Sean says:

    “Western Family Non-Alchoholic Mojito” comes pretty darn close to this. It’s a generic brand in British Columbia so I can’t vouch for any other similar drink.

  21. Anna says:

    Just made this, and it came out so good just like Disneyland. Thank you for this recipe :)

  22. VANESSA says:

    I finnaly made it and it was yummy cant wait to try it with the remaing club soda or fruit juice!

  23. Christine says:

    It doesn’t really matter what you call it, it’s been a staple at Disneyland for decades and is a refreshing drink. Since Disney needed something with a New Orleans flavor, and they don’t sell liquor (or didn’t at the time), it was a good alternative to Coca Cola. When you make it at home, you can adjust the strength (of mint or sugar) to suit yourself. I stopped buying club soda and just use water…didn’t see any difference. It is delicious. Look for creme de menthe syrup where they sell coffee syrups.

  24. Mike Venere says:

    I have to agree with the drinkers above that this ain’t no Mint Julep!!
    It may well be a nice refreshing drink offered in DL, however when I saw the title of the article I went looking for a Disney “enfused” recipe for a spin on the original mint julep.

    I won’t go and concoct a smoothie using pineapple vodka and some custard vodka and call it Dole Whip…however it does sound good.

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