Mint Julep

Photo: Mint Julep

TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 20 min
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: 1 julep
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 6 to 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • Splash Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • Sprig mint, for garnish
SIMPLE SYRUP:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
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Directions

Put the mint leaves and the sugar in the bottom of a tall glass. With the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash the leaves to extract the flavor. Fill the glass with crushed (not cubed) ice. Pour in the bourbon. Top with a splash of simple syrup.

With a long-handled spoon, jiggle (not stir) to chill and mix. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Sip.
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
Yield: About 1 1/2 cups simple syrup

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