by Caitlin Saniga
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 25 mint leaves, rinsed thoroughly
- 750-ml bottle of Kentucky bourbon
- crushed ice
- mint sprigs for garnish
- 8 highballer glasses or julep cups
Make a simple syrup by bringing the water and sugar to a boil in a medium pot over medium heat. With the lid off, let the liquid simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the liquid into a glass container and add the mint leaves. Store in the fridge about 4 hours or overnight. Store glasses in the freezer as well.
Strain the mint leaves from the simple syrup. Fill the frosty glasses with crushed ice. Start by adding 1/4 cup bourbon and 1 tablespoon simple syrup to each glass. Use a stirring stick to mix the drink. Taste it, and adjust the bourbon/simple syrup ratio if needed. Add a sprig of mint to each glass for garnish. Serve immediately.
Makes 8 with refills.
Recipe adapted from: KentuckyDerby.com