Blushing Apple Julep

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Y’all are going to love this delightful little drink, my blushing apple julep. Crafted to perfection, this delightful concoction combines the crispness of a juicy apple with the invigorating zest of lemon and the freshness of mint. A symphony of colors and tastes awaits, making it the perfect choice for a sunny afternoon brunch or a cozy evening gathering with friends.

blushing apple julep


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 blushing 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! Once you have tried this make sure to try these other delicious drinks like Old-Fashioned Lemonade, Peach Lemonade or Tropical Pink Mocktail.

P.S. Unlike traditional juleps, this blushing apple julep is alcohol free and family friendly 🙂

blushing apple julep ingredients

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

Helpful Kitchen Tools

adding orange juice to pitcher

Start by adding your orange juice to a pitcher.

apple juice added to orange juice mixture

Add in your apple juice. 

pineapple juice added to apple julep

Next add in your lemon juice. 

Stir your mixture all up in preparation for the cherry juice.

pouring cherry juice into the apple julep

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

Just like magic! It’s gorgeous, isn’t it!?

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


apple julep

Now, to make these all pretty when you’re ready to serve them here is what you’re going to do.

Grab a pretty glass cup, add ice, add your juice mixture, place you a couple mint leaves on the side  and top with a maraschino cherry or two and…VOILA! Blushing Apple Juleps!

mint apple julep

Recipe FAQs: 

Can I use orange juice concentrate instead of fresh? Yes, you certainly can!

Can I add alcohol? I’m sure you can! I don’t think myself, so I’m not the best person to ask! 


Check out these other non-alcoholic summery drinks: 

How to Make Cold Brew at Home

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Peach Lemonade

Tropical Pink Mocktail


mint apple julep

Blushing Apple Juleps


  • 4 Cups Apple Juice
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Jar Maraschino Cherries


  • Pour all juices into a 2 quart pitcher and stir well.
  • Add in 3-4 Tablespoons of juice from jar of cherries and stir again. Chill until ready to serve.
  • 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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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. Christy:

    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!

  5. 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

  6. 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……

  7. Durn, these look *so* good! I’ve been looking at them repeatedly since they were posted the first time. What rotten luck that I just can’t tolerate fruit juice!

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