Delicious Derby Day Double Mint Julep

Double-Mint Juleps
8 to 10 mint leaves
Crushed Ice
3 oz bourbon
½ oz Fresh Mint Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
Dash of bitters, for garnish (we use Fee Brothers
Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters.)
1 or 2 mint sprigs, for garnish

Place mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup and muddle gently to extract the oils.
Fill the cup three-quarters with crushed ice.
Add the bourbon and fresh mint simple syrup.
Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.
Mound more crushed ice on top to form an ice dome, and garnish with a dash of bitters and mint sprigs.
Serve with a straw for sipping and stirring.

Fresh Mint Simple Syrup
1 C water
1 C sugar
½ C fresh mint leaves

Bring water and sugar to just barely a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking to dissolve the sugar.
Add mint leaves, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook—without stirring—for about 10 minutes, or just until the mixture is slightly reduced.
Remove from heat and let steep until cooled to room temperature.
Discard mint leaves.
Store in a covered glass jar.
If refrigerated, may be used for up to six months.

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