How to make it

  • Pick a bunch (enough to fill a quart-size bowl) of dime to quarter sized mint leaves - but no stems; they're bitter.
  • Wash the leaves and pat dry.
  • Now prepare some simple syrup by combining two cups sugar to one cup water in a saucepan and heating over medium heat until it turns crystal clear.
  • Do not let it boil, which causes the sugar to caramelize and ruins the whole wretched mess.
  • Pour the simple syrup over the mint leaves in the bowl and let it steep like tea for 10-15 minutes (longer can't hurt).
  • Now you're ready to make julep.
  • Pour a quart of whisky into a non-plastic container that holds more than a quart.
  • Add four ounces of mint flavored simple syrup to the quart of whisky, and stir well.
  • Put the resulting mixture back into the whisky bottle, cap tightly, and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • (Since you've mixed a quart of whisky with four ounces of syrup, you'll have four ounces of julep that won't fit into the bottle.
  • The obvious solution: drink it!)
  • Next day, pack a metal cup with shaved ice.
  • Cut a plastic straw so that the end extends no more than two inches above the rim of the cup.
  • Shove the straw down into the shaved ice, and fill the cup with julep.
  • Remove the straw and place a large sprig of mint in the hole where the straw was.
  • (You won't be able to get the mint through the ice otherwise.)
  • Replace the straw, sip and enjoy.
  • Your nose should be right down in the mint leaves for full enjoyment.
  • Be sure to put a cocktail napkin around the cup, because it will soon be too cold to hold.
  • The mixed up julep can be refrigerated for up to a year, and the syrup can be refrigerated for three or four months.

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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    Mmmm i love mint juleps ....yummm

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    " It was excellent "
    chichimonkeyface ate it and said...
    Midge, how are you shaving the ice? Nice recipe post
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    " It was excellent "
    herby ate it and said...
    hey reminds me of summer!
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