It's Friday Cocktail TIme

In keeping with our fave Friday feature- "It's Cocktail Time!"

As the heat rises what better place to turn than to the deep South, and what better drink to serve on a positively sweltering summer eve? Juleps, of course. And what better source to turn to than the grand master of the south... this round is borrowed from Southern Living- cheers!

3 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup* (make one day prior- see below)
Crushed ice
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) bourbon
1 (4-inch) cocktail straw or coffee stirrer
1 fresh mint sprig
Powdered sugar (optional)

Place mint leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled julep cup. 
Gently press leaves against cup with back of spoon to release flavors. 
Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; pour bourbon over ice. 
Insert straw, place mint sprig directly next to straw, and serve immediately. 
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. 
Yield: Makes 1 (8-ounce) julep

*Mint Simple Syrup:

1  cup  sugar
1  cup  water
10  to 12 fresh mint sprigs

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir often, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add mint, and let cool completely. 
Pour into a glass jar; cover and chill 24 hours. Remove and discard mint.
Yields 2 cups. Leftover Simple Syrup keeps refrigerated for about one week
 and perfectly sweetens iced tea.

Photos and recipes via Southern Living

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