Prep 20 mins
Cook 24 hrs
Southern Living's recipe for THE drink of the South. So refreshing on a hot day... and the booze helps you forget how hot it is! ;-) The recipe author suggests using the Mint Simple Syrup in the OTHER drink of the South - sweetened iced tea.
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon mint simple syrup (see recipe below)
- crushed ice
- 2 tablespoons Bourbon (Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon recommended)
- 1 fresh mint sprig
- powdered sugar (optional)
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 10 -12 fresh mint sprigs
- To make the Mint Simple Syrup, bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat, add mint, and let cool completely.
- Pour syrup into a glass jar, then cover and chill 24 hours. Remove the mint and discard.
- To make the drink, place mint leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled julep cup. Gently press the leaves against the cup with the back of a spoon to release flavors.
- Pack the cup tightly with crushed ice and pour the bourbon over ice. Insert a 4-inch cocktail straw, place mint sprig directly next to straw, and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
- Serve immediately.