Mint Juleps
 
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Ingredients
For the Mint Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 large bunch mint leaves
For the Mint Juleps:
  • 7 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces mint simple syrup
  • 25-30 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • ice cubes
  • crushed ice
Instructions
  1. First, make your simple syrup. Place the sugar and water in a small pot, bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Place the bunch of mint leaves in a heat proof bowl or container and pour the syrup over them. Allow the mint leaves to steep in the syrup for at least 1 hour in the fridge (you can let them steep for up to 24 hours). When you're ready, strain the mint leaves from the syrup, discard the leaves, and set the syrup aside.
  2. Now, make your cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, place 25-30 mint leaves (for 2 drinks) and muddle them well to release their oils and aromas. Pour in the 7 ounces of bourbon and 2 ounces of mint simple, then top with a few ice cubes. Stir, don't shake, then strain the cocktail into two chilled,fa ice filled glasses. Top each drink with a good amount of crushed ice (I made my crushed ice by putting regular cubes in a plastic bag, wrapping the bag in a paper towel, and bashing it with a rolling pin - it's basically therapy, after which you are rewarded with a delicious cocktail) and a small bunch of mint leaves.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2012/05/02/mint-juleps/