Mint juleps are the quintessential Southern cocktail.  All you need for this classic version is fresh mint, mint simple syrup, and bourbon. Leftover simple syrup keeps refrigerated about one week and perfectly sweetens iced tea.

Recipe by Southern Living May 2003

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 1 (8-ounce) julep
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place mint leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled julep cup. Gently press leaves against cup with back of spoon to release flavors. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; pour bourbon over ice. Insert straw, place mint sprig directly next to straw, and serve immediately. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

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  • Note: For testing purposes only, we used Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon.

Chef's Notes

Leftover simple syrup keeps refrigerated about one week and perfectly sweetens iced tea.