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Photo by: © Ben Fink, from Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations, Rizzoli, 2010
The key here is making the simple syrup in advance and using special short silver julep cups.
First, make the sugar syrup (simple syrup). Mix the sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, and cook just until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a container, add 1 bunch of the mint, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Remove the mint, draining it well, and discard it.
For each julep, fill a metal julep cup (or an old-fashioned glass) with crushed ice. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the mint syrup and 2 ounces (¼ cup) bourbon. Stir. Add a splash of club soda, if desired, garnish with fresh mint, and serve.
As a timesaver, keep a container of simple syrup in the refrigerator to have on hand for cocktails and for sweetening iced tea.
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