Friday, September 28, 2012

Sam's Simple Mint Juleps

I don't know about you, but I could use a drink right about now. Here to help us out in that department is . . . my Dad! Apparently, he and my Mom have been enjoying a nightcap in the evenings this summer, using mint from his own garden. Take advantage of Indian Summer, mix up a pitcher of delicious Juleps, and get thee to a veranda, post haste.

Mint Juleps

4 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
1 hand full of mint leaves with stems (save a few leaves for a garnish)
Bourbon or blended whisky
Add water and sugar to a sauce pan.  Heat and stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat and add the mint.  When the pan has cooled to near room temperature, remove and discard the mint.  The mint syrup can be refrigerated for several days.
To make the julep:
Add 1-2oz of Bourbon to a tall tumbler.  Add 4oz of the mint syrup and fill with ice and add the mint garnish.
Makes 8 servings

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