Just because it's spring doesn't mean you have to put aside the bourbon for those cozy nights of sipping it straight and in front of the fire. Nope the Mint Julep is the very definition of a springtime libation.
- 2 tablespoon super fine sugar
- 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 24 mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
- 2 cup well crushed or shavedice
- 1 cup kentucky bourbon
Combine sugar, lemon juice, and mint leaves in a pitcher. Crush well with a wooden spoon. Add bourbon and stir gently. Pour the mixture into silver tumblers filled to heaping with shaved ice. Garnish with mint sprigs, and serve frosty cold.
There is debate whether to or not to crush the mint leaves. I like them crushed.