Lavender-Honey Mint Julep

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail, plus additional syrup
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Ingredients

Lavender-Honey Syrup:

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup honey 

3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender flowers 

Cocktail:

10 fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs, for garnish

2 ounces Kentucky bourbon 

2 sprigs culinary lavender, for garnish 

Directions

  1. For the lavender-honey syrup: Combine the sugar, honey and 2/3 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the lavender flowers. Return to a simmer, then remove from the heat. Let cool completely, then strain and discard the flowers. (This makes enough syrup for 10 to 12 cocktails.)
  2. For the cocktail: Combine the mint leaves and 1 tablespoon of the lavender-honey syrup in the bottom of a cocktail glass. Use a muddler or the top of a wooden spoon to muddle and press the mint to release its oils. Add the bourbon and stir. Fill the glass with copious crushed ice. Garnish with a mint and lavender sprig or two and serve immediately.