2 cups bottled water
3/4 cup sugar
3 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
2 cups bourbon
fresh mint sprigs (to garnish)
Combine the water and sugar in a large non-reactive
saucepan over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the mint and bring to a boil. Remove from
the heat, cover and steep for 30 minutes.
Strain the mint syrup through a strainer lined with several thicknesses of cheesecloth then cool.
Combine the cooled mint syrup with the bourbon and pour into a sterilized bottle.
Wait at least one month before drinking. To serve, fill a julep cup or Collins glass with clear, crushed ice and fill with the mint julep mixture. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.