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Christina Miller's Non-Alcoholic Mint Juleps

Christina Miller has always lived in the past. Her passion for history began with her grandmother’s stories of 1920s rural southern Indiana. When Christina began to write fiction, she believed God was calling her to write what she knew: history. 

Bethany College of Missions graduate, pastor’s wife, and worship leader, she lives on the family’s farm with her husband of twenty-eight years and Sugar, their talking dog. Follow Christina on Facebook.

Christina's Latest Book Release - An Inconvenient Marriage

Widowed reverend Samuel Montgomery is excited to start over with his daughter in Natchez, Mississippi—until he learns he’ll lose his job if he doesn’t marry. His solution: a marriage in name only to heiress Clarissa Adams, who needs a husband to win her inheritance. Though the beautiful music teacher will make a good wife, Samuel doubts he can ever truly capture her heart.

Marriage satisfies only the first provision of Clarissa’s grandfather’s will, which pits her against her cousin. And fulfilling the remaining stipulations won’t be easy between caring for Samuel’s rebellious daughter and managing an orphanage. But Samuel seems determined to stand by her side…and maybe even prove their marriage could be more than just convenient. Buy the book HERE.

Christina's Non-Alcoholic Mint Juleps

When my husband and I went to Natchez so I could research my book An Inconvenient Marriage, we stayed at Monmouth, an antebellum mansion that is now a historic inn as well as the home of my characters Clarissa Adams and her grandmother. There we discovered the lovely Natchez tradition of serving early evening refreshments to inn guests. Roosevelt Owens is famous for his mint julep recipe, but since we don’t drink alcohol, we asked him for a non-alcoholic version of his famed drink. We enjoyed them so much, I decided Clarissa should serve them at her wedding reception in my book. This delightful drink is as refreshing served from a southern Indiana back porch as it is on a Natchez gallery.

1/3 large saucepan full of mint leaves
4 cups sugar
1/3 cup Torani amaretto flavoring (this is non-alcoholic)
1 cup Sprite
1 cup club soda
1/3 cup Torani Crème de Menthe flavoring (this is non-alcoholic)
1 teaspoon honey

Fill saucepan with water and add all other ingredients. Boil 20 minutes, cool and serve over crushed ice, preferably in a silver julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.