I love my porch-time with neighbors. When the days start heating up and evenings are sultry, that means it's time to harvest a little mint and make a batch of "Mint Julep Syrup" for Juleps to share on the porch. We placed first in a competition for a variation of this recipe...so you could say that it has a winning heritage. It's another mixer base you can make and keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to use. Cheers!
Mint Julep Syrup
Yield: 6 cups
4 c mint leaves, washed and rough chopped to bruise
4 c water
4 c sugar
- In a pot bring water just to a boil, add chopped mint leaves and stir for about 30 seconds.
- Add sugar; stir until all sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat.
- Allow it to steep until completely cooled.
- Strain syrup into a container to store in the refrigerator.
To Make a Mint Julep:
In a julep cup, double old fashioned or collins glass, fill halfway with crushed or shaved ice. Pour 1/2 oz. “Mint Julep Syrup” and 2 1/2 oz. bourbon over the ice and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and enjoy.
Note: to make a larger quantity use 1 part syrup to 5 parts bourbon mixing in a container to pour into individual glasses.