Mint Julep

  • Yield: Makes 1


  • 8 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 fresh mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Crushed ice


  1. Squeeze lemons, reserving the rinds. In a small heavy saucepan, dissolve sugar in 1 1/2 cups water, then add the lemon rinds and cook over medium heat until the liquid becomes syrupy, approximately 15 minutes. Cool lemon sugar syrup to room temperature.

  2. Place mint and 1 tablespoon lemon sugar syrup in a julep cup. Muddle well until aromatic. Add bourbon. Fill with crushed ice and stir well until well combined and cup becomes frosty. Top with more crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve immediately.


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