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The perfect julep comes from infusing bourbon with mint and letting it have a night’s rest.


1 bottle Kentucky bourbon
3 cups fresh mint leaves
24 fresh mint sprigs
6 lemon twists


Bring a half cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of sugar. Refrigerate until cool. Pour bourbon into a 1 1/2-quart jar and add mint leaves. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain liquor into a pitcher and discard the mint. Sweeten to taste with sugar and water mixture.

Fill a julep cup or a Collins glass with cracked ice. Add infused bourbon and stir until glass frosts. Take a twist of lemon and rub it on the rim of the glass and toss it into the drink. Garnish with mint sprigs. Serves 6.