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.
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.