There are many recipes for mint juleps and this is one served in several restaurants around the state of Kentucky. It is traditionally enjoyed when served in a silver julep cup but feel free to serve it in glass tumblers.
The simple syrup is enough for about 3 dozen drinks, but can easily be cut in half. Leftover syrup stored in the refrigerator should be good for up to 3 weeks.
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups water, heated
- 2 cups sugar
- Cracked ice
- First, make the simple syrup by heating the water. Whisk in sugar and heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat.
- Add mint and let the mixture steep for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Add cracked or crushed ice to Julep tumbler or glass.
- Add 1 1/2 ounces of Kentucky Bourbon.
- Add 2 1/2 teaspoons syrup, or to taste. Stir lightly.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaf and serve with a straw.
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