Mint Julep

I feel a classic kick coming on.  Last night it was Manhattans.  Tonight it was “what to do with the leftover mint? Juleps!”  Not that I am complaining mind you – I always love a good excuse to thwack a bag of ice with a rolling pin.

Mint Julep

8-10 mint leaves
2 oz. bourbon
2 tsp. simple syrup
a whole mess of crushed ice

Put mint leaves in bottom of highball, double rocks glass, or if you are special – a silver julep cup.  Muddle gently to release mint oils.  Add simple syrup and a little of the bourbon.   Swirl around.  Cover with crushed ice.  Pour rest of bourbon on top of ice.  Stir gently.  Add more crushed ice to make a mound.  Garnish with large sprig of mint.  Add a short straw or two.   Sip like you have an obsession with seersucker, magnolias and the Waffle House.

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