This play on the Derby Day favorite the mint julep uses the whole sugar snap pea plant: pea greens in the simple syrup and snap pea "juice," plus pea blossoms for garnish, if you're lucky enough to find them.

Jamie Simpson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2019


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine 1/2 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in pea greens. Let stand until cool, about 25 minutes. Strain into a small bowl and refrigerate the syrup until cold, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine snap peas and the remaining 1/2 cup water in a blender. Blend at medium speed for 1 minute. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing on the solids to release as much liquid as possible. Season with salt. Refrigerate the juice until cold, about 30 minutes.

  • To prepare each cocktail: Place 2 tablespoons mint and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the syrup in an Old-Fashioned glass. Mash the mint with a muddler or wooden spoon until lightly bruised. Add 3 tablespoons bourbon, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the pea juice. Add 1/2 cup ice cubes and stir. Top with another 1/2 cup ice cubes. Serve garnished with pea blossoms, additional pea greens and mint, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate syrup and juice (Steps 1 & 2) for up to 3 days.

Equipment: 8 Old-Fashioned glasses

Nutrition Facts

157.7 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 15.3g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.2g 5% DV; sugars 13.4g; fat 0.1g; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 724.3IU 15% DV; vitamin c 10.4mg 17% DV; folate 15.6mcg 4% DV; calcium 28.5mg 3% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 9mg 3% DV; potassium 71.8mg 2% DV; sodium 23.3mg 1% DV; added sugar 12.6g.