Stonefruit and Mint Julep

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 pitcher
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Ingredients

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar, plus more for garnish

2 cups mint leaves, plus 1 bunch

2 bottles Southern whiskey

2 cups stonefruit puree (peach, nectarine, apricot, plum, etc.)

Lime wedges

Mint or lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  1. To make a mint-flavored simple syrup, begin by boiling the water and sugar with 2 cups of roughly torn and bruised mint in large sauce pot. Boil just until the sugar dissolves completely. Cool and strain the mint out of mixture. Add 2 bottles of whiskey and fruit puree to the infusion. Pour the mixture into a large bottle or pitcher. Stuff the pitcher with the remaining bunch of fresh mint. Cap and put in freezer overnight (if using a pitcher cover with plastic wrap).
  2. Glasses: Wipe the rim of each glass with a lime wedge, then in sugar for a frosted appearance and chill. Fill with julep mixture straight from the frozen bottle and garnish with a mint or lavender sprig.
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