You don't have to wait until the Kentucky Derby to enjoy a mint julep! Traditionally served in small silver cups, our mint juleps are super easy and very refreshing - and taste just as great out of plastic glasses around the campfire. The mint syrup can also be used in a mojito cocktail and is really wonderful for sweetening iced tea or drizzling over fresh fruit.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, divided
Bourbon (I use Jack Daniels)
Ice cubes, preferably chips
Make a simple mint syrup: by bringing the water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan. Watch carefully. After the mixture comes to a boil, let it simmer for about two minutes. Remove from heat and let cool five minutes. Reserve tops of mint sprigs for garnish, and add about 1/2 cup (a large handful of loose leaves - stems and all) coarsely chopped mint leaves to the sugar mixture. Stir to mix. Let syrup cool. (It is even better if left over-night.) Strain the syrup through a wire sieve to remove the leaves.
Make a drink: fill an old-fashioned glass with ice chips. Pour two ounces bourbon over the ice, top with one Tablespoon mint syrup. Stir to mix and garnish with a mint sprig.
And they're off!
RV Tip: make the syrup ahead of time and bring along in a small bottle.