The other day I was cleaning out the old crusty leaves and dried up bits from my garden, I discovered that my little mint plot was a profusion of green and aromatic freshness! I instantly had the best idea that I would have all week. Mint Julep.
1 scant ounce minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon (such as Maker’s Mark or Woodford Reserve)
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
In a highball glass or tall tumbler glass, add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water. Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.
Minted Simple Syrup
1 cup water
½ cup-1 cup sugar (Depending on preference for sweetness)
1 bunch mint (as much that will fit in your hand)
In heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Increase heat slightly, then simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pan off heat, add mint leaves, and steep 15 minutes. Strain, then refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)