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A Southern tradition! Emeril's version takes some time so start it a few weeks ahead of time. Cook time is the setting time.
- Combine the water and sugar in a large non-reactive saucepan over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Add the mint and bring to a boil.
- Remove from the heat, cover and steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain the mint syrup through a strainer lined with several thicknesses of cheesecloth then cool.
- Combine the cooled mint syrup with the bourbon and pour into a sterilized bottle.
- Wait at least one month before drinking.
- To serve, fill a julep cup or Collins glass with clear, crushed ice and fill with the mint julep mixture. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Sooo minty and refreshing! No way I could wait a month, but I did manage a week. Not sure if it can get any better with more time. Will have to make a new batch to find out.
The scent throughout the house is minty fresh! I just made this today and I will be posting a photo and a revised 5-star review when it's completely ready to serve! Very simple recipe! I used fresh mint out of my own garden. Oooh-la-la! I can't wait to simple this Southern sipper!!