Derby Day Mint Julep (Prego version)

This being the second year my wife is pregnant during the Derby we were unable to celebrate with Kentucky Bourbon. Instead we relied on this old-time non alcoholic version…

4 Mint sprigs — up to 5 sprigs
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 cups Cold water

3/4 cup Lemon juice

1 1/2 quarts Ginger ale
Lemon slices — thin (garnish ; optional )

Place the sugar, water, and lemon juice
in a medium-sized bowl,
mix, and stir in the mint leaves.
Allow to stand for 30 minutes.
Fill a large pitcher with ice cubes
and strain the liquid over the ice.
Add the ginger ale and
lemon slices, and serve.