Frozen Lemon Mint Juleps

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 12 hr 18 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 12 hr
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups good-quality Kentucky bourbon

1 cup packed fresh spearmint leaves, plus more for garnish

1 lemon

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Ice

Directions

Combine the bourbon and spearmint in a large pitcher, cover and chill for at least 12 hours.

Remove the zest from the lemon in strips with a vegetable peeler and cut away any white pith (the pith imparts a bitter flavor).

In a small saucepan over moderately-low heat, combine the zest, 1/2 cup water and the sugar. Bring up to boil and cook until the liquid gets all syrupy, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep 30 minutes. Remove the zest and add the juice from the lemon.

Pour half the mint-infused bourbon, half the lemon syrup and enough ice to reach up to the top of the blender and puree until smooth. Carefully divide it among 3 goblets and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Garnish each with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

What Makes This Recipe Really Sing: Really try and find fresh spearmint leaves. The flavor is so different from regular mint leaves that you normally use.

BYOC: How about a Maraschino cherry? They are such a fun throwback garnish.

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