Mint Julep


4 cups bourbon
2 bunches fresh mint
1 c. water
1 c. sugar


Remove ~40 small mint leaves, wash, and place in bowl.  Cover with 1/4 c. bourbon and soak for 15 minutes.  Gather the leaves in paper towel and wring out over the bowl.  Dip the bundle again, and repeat the process several times.

Prepare 1:1 simple syrup using the water and sugar; cool.

Pour 3 1/2 c. bourbon into a large bowl or pitcher.  Add 1 c. of the simple syrup.  Add the mint extract 1 tbsp. at a time until there is a mild mint taste to the mix (each batch is different).  [CP: I used all of it the first time I made the recipe.]  Refrigerate for at least 24 hours to meld flavors.

Fill a glass 1/2 full with shaved ice.  Add a mint sprig.  Fill the rest of the way with shaved ice.  Fill glass with julep mixture and serve.

Bill Samuels, Food Network


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