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Mint Juleps

Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 17 sprigs fresh mint
  • Shaved ice
  • 1 (1 -liter) bottle Kentucky bourbon
  • Additional fresh mint sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Combine sugar, water, and 17 mint sprigs in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Strain and discard mint. Chill syrup several hours or overnight.

  2. To serve, fill each julep cup three-fourths full with shaved ice; add 2 jiggers (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) bourbon and 1 teaspoon reserved syrup. Stir gently. Add additional shaved ice to fill cups. Garnish with additional mint sprigs.

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