Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint, torn
Club soda (optional)
Garnish: fresh mint
How to Make It
Bring sugar and 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add torn fresh mint. Let stand 10 minutes. Pour through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Pour 2 Tbsp. mint syrup over ice into a 12-oz. julep cup. Fill with bourbon and, if desired, a splash of club soda. Reserve remaining mint syrup for another use. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.