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Big-Batch Mint Julep
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Big-Batch Mint Julep

Get ready for a celebration with this big-batch spring cocktail. The mint simple syrup can be made a week or two ahead and refrigerated.

Serves 10
Ready in 75 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 5 mins
Brewing time 60 mins
185 calories per serving

Ingredients

> 3/4 cup sugar
> 2 bunches fresh mint leaves, divided
> 2 cups Kentucky bourbon
> Crushed ice, as needed
> Sparkling water, as needed

Steps

1
To a small saucepan over medium, add the sugar and ¾ cup water. Cook 5 min, until sugar dissolves, stirring gently. Remove from heat. Add 1 bunch mint to pot, making sure mint is submerged in simple syrup. Let steep for at least 1 hour. Strain simple syrup into a resealable jar. Discard used mint leaves.
2
Separate ½ cup mint leaves from remaining bunch (save any remaining sprigs for garnish). Add mint leaves to a large pitcher; crush leaves with a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to release the oils and aromas. To pitcher, add 1 cup mint simple syrup and the bourbon, stirring to combine. Add more simple syrup to taste, if desired. Chill until ready to serve.
3
To serve, fill julep cups or lowball glasses with crushed ice. Add bourbon mixture and top with sparkling water to taste. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Tips

If you don’t have crushed ice, place regular ice cubes in a kitchen towel and smash with a rolling pin or meat mallet. You can also add cubes to a blender and pulse to break up the ice.

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