Blushing Apple Juleps


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When was the last time you sat outside and sipped on something? When I was little, that was what folks did during their downtime. They’d drag a chair underneath a shade tree, pour a big glass of iced tea or lemonade and sit and sip as they visited.

You used to love company showing up because that meant you had an excuse to take a break from work! This weekend with all of the Derby talk, I got to thinking of apple juleps and how much fun my family has sitting and chatting on the patio so I mixed us up a batch of these blushing ones and my kids were thrilled. This is one of their favorite fruity drinks and I usually make a double batch for us to sip on for a few days. Mixing these delicious concoctions up is as simple as pouring the juice in and stirring, so I do hope you get to try them soon!

P.S. Unlike traditional juleps, these are alcohol free and family friendly :)

You’ll need: Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice, Apple Juice, and a bit or Orange Juice

The orange juice is in a measuring cup because it was from frozen concentrate and my pretty pitcher was being used for this tutorial.

If anyone talks to the executives at Dole today, can you tell them that this pineapple juice container is completely ridiculous, please? Something with a resealable lid would be nice. I’ve personally never downed two quarts of pineapple juice in one sitting but maybe that’s just me. Maybe the ridiculous container is part of their marketing plan. “If we refuse to package pineapple juice like every other conceivable type of juice on the aisle, if we withhold the convenience of a resealable bottle, maybe people will feel compelled to drink it all at once! Maybe a huge pineapple juice addiction will erupt! Maybe they’ll feed it to their babies to get them addicted, too! We’ll be rich! Rich, I tell ya!”

See? I uncover evil plots every day. When you start seeing news reports on rampant pineapple juice addiction you can just scoff and smugly say “Pfft, Christy totally said that was gonna happen.”

This is what is going to make our juleps blush, a jar of maraschino cherries.

Who decided how to spell that, anyway?

So we’re going to use a bit of the cherry juice and also put a cherry or two in each glass….and then I’ll pretty much eat the rest as I’m going about uploading these pictures.

Mix all of your juices together in a pitcher. 

Add 3-4 Tablespoons of Cherry Juice to make it blush, then stir.

I blush easily. Very easily. It has something to do with the fact that I have the complexion of Casper, as my friend Tim says.

Place this in a refrigerator and chill until ready to serve.

Some folks (I know you’re out there) were wondering what that picture looked like that you’ve seen in the background of my last two photos so here is a close up. It’s made by Dayspring.

And while we’re detouring… 

So this weekend while making the juleps, I remembered that our PPB (Poor Pitiful Bachelor who desperately needs someone to cook for him, to hear him tell it) had requested something fruity, citrusy, and cold in the form of a pie. Katy Rose just loves and adores PPB so she and I made two pies, one for us and one for him. Katy Rose made his. Can you guess which one it is?

These are Mandarin Orange Pies and you can click here for the recipe if you’d like it. It kind of has a lemon meringue pie taste to it, with bits of pineapple and mandarin oranges.

Ready for the finale?

Serve over ice.

VOILA! Blushing Apple Juleps!

AND I got to put those two years of high school french to good use! You can only imagine how very useful french is in North Alabama, a clear testimony to my wisdom as a teenager.

I’m not usually one to garnish but the sprig of green that you see in this photo is Lemon Balm, part of the mint family. I planted Lemon Balm three years ago and it pretty much refuses to die. It has grown into a huge bush, won’t even die back in the winter, and thrives despite my complete and total neglect. I think that is what it takes to be a fresh herb that makes it into one of my tutorials :).

If you pick a leaf of lemon balm and rub it between your fingers, it smells like lemon drops. I like to take three or four leaves and drop them in my tea as it’s cooking (I “cook” tea in a pot, we’ve never called it “brewing”), right along with the tea bags. I discard them with the bags before I mix it up and my tea has just the slightest hint of lemon to it – delicious! Now go make juleps!

Blushing Apple Juleps
  • 4 Cups Apple Juice
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • ¼ Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Jar Maraschino Cherries
  1. Pour all juices into a 2 quart pitcher and stir well.
  2. Add in 3-4 Tablespoons of juice from jar of cherries and stir again. Chill until ready to serve.
  3. Serve over ice, with a cherry in each glass. Garnish with mint or Lemon Balm, if desired. Or just drink it and leave the plants in the yard!

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they merely determine where you start.”

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  1. Renee says

    I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who complains that the only way you can buy pineapple juice is in the can! (which I do EVERY time I go and buy it) It would be so simple to put it in a resealable container! Love your website and all of your delicious recipes!

  2. says

    I’m diabetic so I have to be careful about fruity drinks, but this looks and sounds so tempting. I’m sure with all the products available now, I can come up with a delicious version for my diabetic friends and me.


  3. says

    This looks very refreshing, will have to try this soon. On the mint, it will never die, it will just keep multiplying. My mom has some and I plan on getting some and planting in a container, hopefully it will stay contained! She has tried for years to get it to scale back and it just gets bigger. Sounds like you are putting it to good use, Much Love

  4. Angela Lewis says

    The picture is so pretty. You are learning to be a food stylist (or whatever their called) really well! We have “Bee Balm” planted. Wonder if you can put that in tea?

  5. kay overman says

    There is a pineapple juice in a bottle, but when you see how it looks you will be thankful for the can. I use at least half a can making Russian Tea. I make mine from scratch I can’t stand the taste of instant tea. I use brewed tea,and steep the spices in a coffee filter so I don’t have a residue in the pitcher. Cinnamon & cloves or use cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Then add pineapple and orange juice ( Equal amounts) Great hot or cold. The left over pineapple juice goes into a container with a lid. Been doing this for over 50 years.

  6. Gayle Spears says

    Hmmmm. . . you know, we are having a graduation party next week for my son and another guy at our church. This sounds like a perfect punch instead of the sherbet, pineapple juice, and 7-up punch that everyone makes. Thanks for the great idea!!

  7. says

    I usually buy frozen pineapple juice concentrate (which was a necessary ingredient in the very not-family-friendly pina coladas I perfected in college), but then you have the problem of finding a pitcher (or an empty 2-liter soda bottle). But it tastes sooooo much better!

  8. Lisa from Madison says

    This sounds WONDERFUL!! I Love fruity drinks…and my sweet tea!! My family here in North Alabama always says “make” tea…as in, I need to make some tea…and I so get the French thing! I took 2 years of French in high school but I’m having my kids take Spanish…it is much more practical, even here in Alabama!

  9. Lu says

    It’s possible canning the pineapple juice has something to do with transportation- pineapple only grows in the tropics.
    Where I live it I can also buy it in frozen concentrate, as someone mentioned earlier. I often just mix up half the concentrate and refreeze the remaining for later ( while still pretty frozen scope out half, then cover remaining with a little water so when it freezes the ice will create a seal on top of remaining concentrate.

  10. Wendy says

    My jaw dropped at the can of pineapple juice – i haven’t seen it in cans like that for years! I actually looked at all the varieties in the store yesterday, glass jars and tetra pacs, but no huge tins like that. Guess here in Canada we’ve lucked out 😉

  11. Barbara says

    This is terrific!!!!! I live in Derby City (Louisville) and we start Derby Festival 2 weeks before the first Sat. in May (Derby day). Festival kicks off with Thunder Over Louisville. One of the, if not the largest fireworks show in the country and over the Ohio River. Come on up sometime. 😉
    A non-alcoholic “julep”…will definitely be serving this next May.
    By the way, my grandmother never brewed tea either. She would let the tea leaves “steep”.

  12. kentuckylady717 says

    I usually keep an extra plastic bottle where I have purchased orange juice, so I just wash those out and dry and when I do buy pineapple juice, I pour what I don’t use in it and put a label on it……works for me… definitely need one with a lid, because after the pineapple juice sets in the fridge you need to shake it really well before you use it……

  13. Eva says

    Looks yummy, the girls will be big enough to have juice next summer when playing in the yard. They will be just past 2, so a nice juice will do for them, and the julep part will be fine for me, at least it will give me some time to sit and enjoy a nice day. They are our grands so nothing is too good for them! LOL

  14. Kathy K. says


    I googled pineapple juice and Dole ships it in steel cans because pineapple juice spoils easily in the light. A can of pineapple juice, kept in a cool, dry place, has a shelf life of 2-3 years. Dole feels that the steel can is the best packaging option. It gives the best protection with the longest shelf life, but they say they do experiment with different shipping options from time to time, so maybe some day you will get your wish.

    I can only get it in the big can, or the six-pack of small cans, which of course are pricey, if you can find them. I’ve never seen it as a frozen concentrate, in bottles, or in the aseptic cartons.

    I think your Apple Julep recipe looks great and it’ll be easy to make a smaller batch, just for me. Thanks!

  15. Kathy says

    Ok Christy going back to the store again for more ingredients! Been to the store everyday of this Apple week this sounds soooo yummy so I’m going again first think in the morning. Hey do you have to wear one of those hats the ladies wear at the Derbys to drink these lol?

  16. Marsha Baker says

    Christy! You are such a dear! Loved reading your post…so glad you have steadfastness, and a walk with God. I know you won’t ever let the ‘nay sayers’ get you down….you just keep on encouraging us folks, cause we surely need it as we walk with God. Love this awesome and easy beverage, and have SO enjoyed all your lovely apple recipes. The season of fall is my favorite and I just can’t wait to make some more of your wonderful recipes! Keep on keeping on.

  17. Kathy says

    These are delicious Just as they are my kids added a little Sprite to there’s thats good also! Christy as for all your hecklers ( to be polite )don’t you worry! If your gettin under there skin its Probably God sending them a message that’s givin them something to think about, so I’m glad they are un-comfortable this country was started under godly values and we all have to stand firm and back each other up! This country has allows for freedom of speech and beliefs it’s just sad that they can’t say things with some common sense and a bit of respect its not just there opinions that matters they don’t seem to get that I think. We are proud of Ya! And I for one stand with Ya!


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