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Mint Julep

A 10-ounce glass filled with crushed ice

4 fresh mint leaves

2 tablespoons mint simple syrup (recipe below)

2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon

1 small cocktail straw to stir drink

Place 2 tablespoons of mint simple syrup and four mint leaves into a 10-ounce glass. Press the mint leaves into the glass using the back of a spoon to release the flavor. Add two ounces Kentucky Bourbon and add 2 tablespoons of the mint simple syrup to the glass.

Mint Simple Syrup

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

8 sprigs of fresh mint

Add sugar to boiling water. Continue to boil for about five minutes, or until sugar dissolves; do not stir.

Place 8 sprigs of mint in an airtight, plastic container, and pour the sugar-and-water mixture over the mint. Refrigerate.

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