Southern purists, look away: this is my most commonly consumed form of mint julep. I know it’s a travesty to call it but that name, but it still has the key elements: bourbon, sugar, and mint. Instead of muddling and all that though, this simply requires mixing a mint infused simple syrup with some bourbon (we prefer Four Roses for everyday). Simple as that.
It’s what summer drinks were meant to be.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- Several sprigs of mint
Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the mint and boil for one minute. Turn off the heat and let the mint steep in the syrup for about half an hour. Remove the mint and store in a glass container in the fridge.
Lazy Mint Julep
- 3 oz bourbon
- 1 oz mint syrup
Pour the bourbon and mint syrup in a glass (or a fancy mint julep cup). Stir well to combine. Add ice and a sprig of mint if you have one.