Mint Julep Recipe & History

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Mint Julep Recipe & History

Ingredients For Each Serving: 

Mint leaves
2 tablespoons Mint Syrup (see recipe below)
Crushed ice
2 tablespoons water
2 ounces good-quality Kentucky bourbon
Fresh mint sprig 


Prepare the Mint Syrup. 

Crush or muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of an 8-ounce Mint Julep Cup (using the back of a spoon to crush mint leaves) until mixture forms a paste. 

Then fill the Mint Julep Cup 1/2 full with crushed or shaved ice.  Add prepared Mint Syrup, water, and bourbon.  Stir until the silver cup is frosted on the outside.  NOTE: A glass tumbler will not frost on the outside. 

To serve, garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

Mint Syrup Recipe:  

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 bunch fresh mint sprigs 

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water.  Boil for 5 minutes, without stirring. 

Remove from heat an pour over a handful of mint leaves and gently crush the mint with a spoon. 

Refrigerator syrup mixture overnight in a closed jar.  Remove mint leaves and continue to refrigerate.  This syrup mixture will keep for several weeks. 

Makes enough syrup for approximately 8 servings.

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