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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. Step 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. Step 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.