Mint Julep Recipe by Rita Schimpff
2 Cups granulated white sugar
2 Cups water
Fresh mint – my favorite flavor to grow is Kentucky Colonel
Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Cool and place in covered container, refrigerate overnight. Construct each julep one at a time: bruise or muddle 4-5 leaves of mint in the bottom of the cup or glass, fill with crushed ice and add 1 oz of simple syrup and 2 oz of Kentucky Bourbon – stir rapidly to mix and frost cup. Garnish your mint julep with a sprig of fresh mint and serve with a cloth cocktail napkin.
*note: some recipes call for steeping fresh mint in the hot simple syrup as it cools, I find this gives the syrup a medicinal flavor and prefer to muddle the mint while fresh.