If bourbon is not your cup of tea, you can still experience a julep. We made the alcohol optional in this recipe; it's great both ways.
Tie mint in a cheesecloth bag, and place in a large saucepan. Add apple juice, and bring mixture to a boil.
Remove from heat; cover and cool. Chill.
Remove and discard cheesecloth bag; stir in lime juice and, if desired, bourbon. Serve over crushed or shaved ice; garnish, if desired.
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