I must confess, our favorite thing about Kentucky is the bourbon. Chicken Legs is a Maker's Mark man; more specifically a Maker's 46 man, so this drink was right up his alley. The mint juleps were simple to make and tasted pretty good. They are very sweet (just like me), and you must like bourbon. I thought it was a bourbon mojito. We now know why everyone in the infield at the Kentucky Derby is drunk - way too many mint juleps!
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
- 32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon
- 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish
Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves.
Fill eight cups with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (I used more syrup than bourbon - that is a lot of bourbon!). Top each cup with a mint sprig.
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