MINT JULEP PARTY PITCHER 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sugar

4 bunches mint, ends trimmed

2 1/2 cups bourbon

Crushed ice

 

DETAILS

Total Time:  1 hr 35 min

Prep:  20 min

Inactive:  1 hr

Cook:  15 min

Yield:  8 mint juleps

DIRECTIONS

Combine the sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and submerge 3 bunches of mint. Let stand at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight. Strain.

Stir together the mint simple syrup (you should have 2 1/2 cups) and bourbon in a pitcher. Add a couple of sprigs of mint for garnish. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 8 hours.

Pack 8 mint julep cups with crushed ice. Pour 4 ounces of the mint julep mixture into each; garnish with a mint sprig and serve with a straw. When the outside of the cup has frosted over, you are ready to enjoy.

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